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Lake City, Iowa, population 1,800, is located in the southwest corner of Calhoun County on State Highway 175 and County Road N-41.
Founded in 1856 by prairie settlers, Lake City is the oldest and most historic town in the county. It was named after Lake Creek, which flows to the northwest of town. Rich Iowa soil and green rolling hills surround Lake City, and although Lake City does not boast its own lake, it is situated within 25 minutes of three beautiful lakes: Twin Lakes, Black Hawk Lake, and Swan Lake, all great fishing and recreational spots.
Hospitality & Services Offered
Lake City is not only beautiful and exciting but a likeable town due to the hospitality and services offered. Lake City offers a high-quality health care system that cares for patients from birth through elderly years. Stewart Memorial Community Hospital and McCrary-Rost Clinic offer a wide variety of health care services including emergency care, outpatient services, in-patient care, obstetrics, surgery, orthopedics, hospice and pharmacy. The hospital employs nearly 250 health care professionals and is located along Hwy 175 on the west edge of Lake City. To learn more about the hospital and their services, log onto their website at http://www.stewartmemorial.org
Also in the health field is the Shady Oaks Care Center staffed and ready to care for 140 residents. The city also has a unique facility named Opportunity Living, which is a care and support center for persons with disabilities from around the state. It operates out of nine group homes in and around the Lake City area.
In addition to these fine facilities, there are also two optometrists, two chiropractors, and one dentist in the Lake City area.
Major industries located in Lake City are Bowie International, LLC, which produces fiberglass vet units & storage stations, and Dobson’s Pipe Organ Builders, one of the world’s most popular and prestigious organ builders.
Activities in Lake City are centered around the city square. The large portion of the area’s businesses are located surrounding the square, which has a circular fountain with colored lights, a historically replicated gazebo and a veterans memorial. A block off the square sits the historic Central School, built in 1884 and declared a historic place in the National Register in 1985. This beautiful structure, the storefronts surrounding the square, and the circular fountain and gazebo make Lake City a scenic and historic place to live.
In addition to the aesthetics, Lake City is an active, prosperous, and entertaining city. There are clubs and recreational activities to satisfy even the most active participant. The Lake City Betterment Association, the Lions Club, and the American Legion are all organizations that encourage community involvement.
For those outdoor enthusiasts, Lake City has a city park named Goins Park with a swimming pool, two basketball courts, and three tennis courts. It also offers the Lake City Recreatoinal Trail. In addition, Lake City is within close driving distance of two county parks, Rainbow Park and Hickory Grove Park.
There is also a community, volunteer-led movie theatre, the Capri Theatre, which shows current releases every weekend for $2 a seat.
Other entertainment opportunities in the area include: restaurants, the Lake City Country Club with 9-hole golf course and clubhouse, and the Community Building where community-wide events are held. Every summer, near the 4th of July, the Lake City Betterment Association and the Top Rail Saddle Club sponsor a three-day celebration called Western Days, complete with a parade, activities in the park, and a USPRC sanctioned rodeo.
Religion & Education
Many religions are represented, as Lake City is the home of eight churches. They are: First Baptist Church, Woodlawn Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Lake City Union Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pilgrim Lutheran Church and Jehovah’s Witness Church.
Education is very important to Lake City citizens. They take great pride in their school district. The Southern Cal school system is currently in a transitional merger with the Rockwell City-Lytton District to do whole grade sharing and combined athletics. This new joint district is known as South Central Calhoun Titans. Numerous academic and athletic awards have been bestowed within our district. The middle school and high school share facilities with the neighboring Rockwell City community. The Southern Cal elementary facility is located in Lohrville. All told, there are approximately 450 students in the Southern Cal school system.
Businesses in Lake City include: The Graphic-Advocate, a weekly newspaper, a hardware store, flower shop, used clothing stores, wedding rental store, bakery, photographer, limo and carriage rentals, quilt shoppe, three pharmacies, variety store, numerous insurance agencies, real estate offices, a meat locker, a lumberyard, a Chevrolet-Olds-Buick car dealership, two law firms, numerous veterinarians, a supermarket, several beauty salons, several restaurants, numerous body shops, two convenience stores, an auto parts store, a farm supply store, a funeral home, a jewelry store, a Lake City Public Library, several construction, and plumbing & heating technician and MUCH MORE!
For financial needs, Lake City has two banks.
Whether it’s a beautiful locale, an active community, or an employment opportunity you want,
Lake City has it all for you!