Iowa was one of the first states to grant women the right to vote. In 1869, the Iowa state legislature passed a law allowing women to vote in school board elections. This was more than 50 years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted women the right to vote nationwide.
Winnebago County is located in northern Iowa and has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Winnebago (also known as Ho-Chunk) tribe, who gave the county its name. European settlers began arriving in the 1850s, and the county was officially established in 1857.

The early years of Winnebago County were marked by agricultural development, as settlers cleared the land for farming and established small towns throughout the area. The arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s further fueled growth and economic prosperity, as it provided a means of transportation for goods and people.

During the early 20th century, Winnebago County experienced both triumphs and challenges. The county saw advancements in education, health care, and infrastructure, with the establishment of schools, hospitals, and modern amenities. However, like many rural areas, it also faced the challenges of economic fluctuations and the Great Depression.

In more recent years, Winnebago County has continued to thrive as an agricultural community, with farming being the primary industry. The county has also seen growth in other sectors, such as manufacturing and healthcare. Today, Winnebago County is known for its friendly communities, natural beauty, and strong sense of community spirit.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Winnebago County, Iowa.

  • 1848- Winnebago County is established
  • 1856- First settlers arrive in the county
  • 1860- The county's first post office is established
  • 1861- Winnebago County is officially organized
  • 1862- The county's first courthouse is built
  • 1871- The city of Forest City is founded
  • 1891- The county's first railroad, the Iowa and Dakota Railway, is completed
  • 1900- The population of Winnebago County reaches its peak at over 12,000 residents
  • 1933- The Great Depression hits Winnebago County hard, causing economic decline
  • 1982- Winnebago Industries, a major RV manufacturer, is founded in Forest City
  • 2008- Winnebago County celebrates its 160th anniversary