Missouri Valley, Iowa is nestled along the Loess Hills Scenic Byways, the historic Lincoln Highway and at the intersection of I-29 and Highway 30. It is 25 miles north of Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA and is the largest city in Harrison County.
Missouri Valley was first known as St. John's Township and was originally located about one mile south of its present day location. Despite efforts by residents of St. John's Township to bring the railroad through this settlement, the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad decided to go north to avoid the low level land in the area. This development was largely due to John I. Blair, one of Iowa's most prominent railroad promoters.
Most of the businesses and residents of St. John's Township realized the potential of the newly constructed railroad and moved to be closer to it. Therefore, in 1871 Missouri Valley was established. It continued to develop and became an intersection to three railroads; The Cedar Rapids, the Missouri River Railroad, later known as the Chicago and Northwestern, and the Sioux City and Valley Railroads. This intersection of trade made the local economy grow rapidly. By the early 1900s the population had grown to over 4,000.
The City of Missouri Valley today is still a thriving community. It is the home of the Missouri Valley Community School District, eight churches, three banks, several nationally known businesses, a variety of shops and restaurants. We host several events throughout the year including The Harrison County Fair, Harvest Fest Kids Celebration, A Gospel Sing, and several car shows/swap meets just to name a few.
The City welcomes newcomers and visitors alike. Whether you are relocating or just visiting, our community would like to welcome you. Please explore our web site to discover the many enjoyable family activities we have to offer.
Missouri Valley has many attractions and activities for families and friends of all ages. Missouri Valley has an aggressive Chamber of Commerce, an excellent public school system, and many amenities.