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Town of Epworth, Iowa


Epworth History

The City of Epworth was established in 1855 when a plot of forty acres for a town was granted by three pioneers. The land was plotted, surveyed, and then named after the birthplace of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church in England. These early settlers were of Irish and German descent. Epworth was incorporated on March 1, 1880. The Epworth Seminary opened in 1857 and became nationally recognized. Public facilities were upgraded in the 1980's. Two new parks have been added. The small Tower Park in the center of the city is built around the 300,000 gallon water tower, and a larger park, containing ball diamaonds and playground equipment, is nearing completion on the north side of the city.

Epworth is the site for many educational institutions. The Divine Word College, a school for the Society of the Divine Word Missionaries, the Western Dubuque public high school (the Bobcats), as well as a public grade school and a parochial grade school, are all located here.

The Methodist, Catholic, and Lutheran church communities add a religious climate and a spiritual atmosphere for the citizens. Epworth is connected to the major cities with a 4-lane highway, U. S. Highway 20, nearby
Epworth Historical Society
Epworth Cemeteries
Epworth Churches

  • Epworth United Methodist
    102 E. Main
    Epworth, Iowa 52045
    563-876-3193
  • St. John's Rectory
    22447 Pleasant Grove Road E.
    Epworth, Iowa 52045
    563-876-5501
  • St. Patrick's Rectory
    104 1st Avenue S. E.
    Epworth, Iowa 52045
    563-876-5540

Epworth Schools

  • Western Dubuque County Schools
    • Epworth High School
      5th Avenue SW
      Epworth, Iowa 52045
      563-876-3442
    • Epworth Elementary
      W. Main
      Epworth, Iowa 52045
      563-876-5514
    • Epworth Early Childhood Center
      110 Bierman Road SE
      Epworth, Iowa 52045
      563-876-3125
  • Divine Word College
    102 Jacoby Dr. SW
    Epworth, IA 52045
    563-876-3353

Important Addresses

  • City of Epworth
    City Clerk
    212 North Center Avenue
    Epworth, Iowa 52045
    563-876-3320
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