Dallas County Communities

With traditional population centers in the north and central portions of the county and a booming suburban area on the east, Dallas County has unique and diverse traffic patterns. Located only minutes from the Des Moines metro, but still having cornfields in many back yards, Dallas County truly provides an unmatched combination of rural and urban living.

Adel Partners Chamber
P.O. Box 73
Adel, Iowa 50003

Dallas Center City Hall
P.O. Box 396
1502 Walnut St.
Dallas Center, Iowa 50063

Dallas County Conservation
1477 K Ave.
Perry, Iowa 50220
515.465.3577 www.conservation.co.dallas.ia.us

Dexter City Hall
P.O. Box 15
911 State St.
Dexter, Iowa 50070

Granger City Hall
1906 Main St./P.O. Box 333
Granger, Iowa
50109 515.999.2210

Redfield City Hall
808 1st St.
Redfield, Iowa 50233

Grimes Chamber
404 S.E. Second St., Ste 200
Grimes, Iowa 50111

Minburn Community
Betterment Group
P.O. Box 121
Minburn, Iowa 50167

Perry Area Chamber
1102 Willis Ave.
Perry, Iowa 50220

Van Meter City Hall
P.O. Box 160
505 Grant St.
Van Meter, Iowa
50261 515.996.2644

Waukee Chamber
230 W. Hickman Road
Waukee, Iowa 50263

Woodward City Hall
P.O. Box 517
105 E. Second St.
Woodward, Iowa
50276 515.438.2560

With a small-town vibe and proximity to Des Moines Metro, Adel is a vibrant, charming and thriving place to live, work and play. There’s ample recreational opportunities from great City Parks, Dallas County Fairgrounds and location on both the Raccoon River and the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Adel offers a great mix of culture and history, being the birthplace of Nile Kinnick, Dallas County Seat and the long-standing brickyard, brick structures and brick streets. Visit during the summer for monthly concerts and the Annual Sweet Corn Festival. Come and see for yourself why Adel is not just a place to visit, it’s a place to thrive.

Dallas Center
“Quietly Progressive” is the Dallas Center city motto. It was founded 125 years ago and has grown to 1,600 people, located about 20 miles northwest of Des Moines. They love and respect the past and are gently moving forward with plans to keep the city sound and fun while utilizing new ideas. They are growing. The spiritual community is a comfort and collaboration of several churches and denominations that work together to make themselves better characters and provide support to those in need. Residents love the small town panache with all the seasonal activities that makes it feel like part of the Heartland.

A quiet community with 133 residents, located along Iowa Highway 141, Dawson offers a new boat ramp at the North Raccoon River, a well maintained city park, a fun play park and an updated community center. The restored depot welcomes those using the Raccoon River Valley Trail to town. Dawson is only about one mile from Sportsman Park, a 40-acre park of oak and hickory timber overlooking the North Raccoon River where you might enjoy fishing, hiking along the nature trails, picnicking or camping.

Home to more than 1,000 residents, DeSoto is located immediately south of U.S. Interstate 80 on U.S. Highway 169.

Dexter, the “Original One Horse Town”, is one of the oldest towns in Dallas County, platted in 1868. There is an amazing amount of history to explore as you begin the drive along the White Pole Road at I-80 exit #100. Travel east into town and stop at the Dexter Museum and Historic Roundhouse. A quick trip north of town will bring you to three historical markers. The first marker indicates the site of the 1948 National Plowing Match with President Harry S. Truman in attendance. The second and third give information on the 1933 Bonnie & Clyde shoot-out and Dexfield Park, one of Iowa’s largest amusement parks from 1916 to the early 1930s. With its updated main street, Dexter provides a nice escape from the busy-ness, noise and bright lights of the metro area, which is 25 minutes away. www.dexteriowa.org.

Established in 1885, Granger’s history is rooted in agriculture, railroads, coal mines, circuses and the Granger Homesteads. Because of its location close to excellent recreational activities — such as three golf courses, Jester Park and Saylorville Lake there are ample opportunities for relaxing-to-vigorous activities for individuals of all ages. Located with Iowa Highways 141 and 17, Granger has become the sixth fastest growing city in the state of Iowa and is the third fastest growing in the metro area. It maintains the charm of a small town and is only minutes from Des Moines.
Straddling the borders of Dallas and Polk Counties, Grimes has seen a dramatic increase in population. Grimes has many new destinations that make the community a great place to visit. Popular destinations include Beaver Creek Golf Club, Climb Iowa, Cutty’s Des Moines Camping Club, Jester Park Golf Course, MB2 Raceway, Sky Zone, The U and AmericInn. Stay for a weekend or a week and take advantage of all the fun and exciting things the community has to offer.

Located along the Raccoon River Valley, Linden has a well-maintained city park, community building, baseball field and shelter house. Water enthusiasts have two nearby access points to the Middle Raccoon River.

True to its motto, Minburn is the Small Town with a Big Heart. Town residents and their rural neighbors maintain a strong sense of history and community. Volunteer efforts enable the traditional celebrations and events once found in small towns everywhere to continue to be enjoyed by generation after generation here. Celebrate the holidays and enjoy the outdoor concerts and roller skating. The town’s historic brick Railroad Depot is being relocated and renovated into a trailhead for the Raccoon River Valley Trail and a cafe, which will house local museum items. Just west of Minburn is the Voas Nature Area, a excellent place to experience what the Minburn area landscape used to look like.

With Perry’s rich history and downtown restorations of Carnegie Library, Town Craft Center and Hotel Pattee, the downtown landscape continues to attract people who appreciate small-town history and a familiar past. Learn more about the outdoor recreation experiences through the 72-mile loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail, the annual winter bike ride “Bike Ride to Rippey” (BRR), the summer Friday Fests series with live music and ethnic foods and the Latino Festival. We have also evolved into an attraction and hub for Iowan Artisans with the Art on the Prairie event in November. Continue the rich tradition of community events for residents and visitors to enjoy and create memories… “Make Yourself at Home.”

Redfield, established in 1860, sits on the Middle Raccoon River, site of one of the few low head dams remaining in Iowa. The fishing is very popular and usually successful. Named for Lt. Col. James Redfield, an early settler who served in the 39th Iowa Infantry during the Civil War, the community boasts a rare Grand Army of the Republic Post with a military museum, the Raccoon River Valley Bike Trail and Depot, a fine library and City Park and Hanging Rock Park on the Raccoon River. The Redfield Historical Museum is now open Saturdays and holidays or by appointment. Come see Redfield and you’ll find hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, excellent rural scenery and friendly people.

Van Meter
Conveniently located just minutes from West Des Moines, Van Meter provides small-town living with access to “big city” amenities. A picturesque community situated near the Raccoon River, Van Meter prides itself on its quality of life and services provided by local foundations, volunteers and boards. It is home to the Bob Feller Museum and neighbor to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

The City of Waukee is recognized as the fastest-growing city within the state of Iowa and is located in Dallas County — one of the fastest growing counties within the United States. The official Census estimate based on July 2013 data is 17,077. Waukee offers a family-friendly environment featuring quality parks, schools and trails. The city is also dedicated to economic development and expanding business opportunities, including the creation of its future mixed-use development, Kettlestone. For more information, visit www.Waukee.org.    
Woodward was established in 1883, as a railroad community. Today that railroad line bed has become the High Trestle Trail, a recreational trail from Woodward to Ankeny, which crosses the Des Moines River Valley on the spectacular High Trestle Bridge located just east of Woodward. People come to enjoy the view and artwork of the bridge. The old depot has been restored as the western gateway to the High Trestle Trail and Woodward Trailhead. Woodward also offers a unique demonstration of shopping and dining, as well as rural businesses offering handmade items, gifts, farm-fresh products, herbs and other organic health items.