Our Town History
Hello and welcome to the City of Worthington.
Nestled between Highway 20 and Highway 151, Worthington is sure to meet all your expectations of a quaint, small, safe, and affordable town. If you are visiting the Field of Dreams or the Basilica in Dyersville from the SE side of the great state of Iowa, you will likely pass through Worthington on Highway 136. Make sure to have a bite to eat at the best bar in town, The Last Straw, and stretch your legs at our Veteran’s Memorial Park, just adjacent to Highway 136.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook (City of Worthington-City Hall) for news and events in and around the area, and look out for the annual Benefit the Veterans Event. This year, Mark Chesnutt will be preforming for Benefit the Vets on August 11, 2019 at the Memorial Hall.
If you are already a part of our community, thank you. If you are considering relocating your home or business to Worthington, or simply thinking about a visit, please do. You won’t be disappointed.
In 1858 an Englishman by the name of Amos Worthington ventured here from Cincinnati, Ohio. He chose a spot about 35 miles southwest of Dubuque in the path between Farley and Cedar Rapids that would be accessible to the Dubuque Southern railroad. He built the first general merchandise store in the area and soon another businessman by the name of Mr. Piersall built a second store. It wasn’t long before a blacksmith shop and saloon were built near the two stores. It was not until October 1, 1892 that the people of the village petitioned the Court of Dubuque County to become an incorporated town. An election was held with a total of 42 eligible voters, 32 of which voted yes to incorporate, and the remaining 10 voting no. The Clerk of Court certified a copy of all proceedings and the date of the official incorporation of the Town of Worthington was to be January 2, 1893
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