Iowa has been home to several famous actors and actresses, including John Wayne, Ashton Kutcher, and Donna Reed. John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, and Ashton Kutcher grew up in Cedar Rapids. Donna Reed, who won an Academy Award for her role in the movie "From Here to Eternity," was born in Denison, Iowa.

Worth County is located in northern Iowa and was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, particularly the Dakota Sioux. European settlers began arriving in the area in the mid-19th century, drawn by the abundant natural resources and fertile land. The county was officially established on January 15, 1851, and named in honor of Major General William Jenkins Worth, who served in the Mexican-American War.

During its early years, agriculture played a vital role in the county's economy. The rich soil and favorable climate made it well-suited for farming, and crops such as corn, wheat, and oats became staples. As the population grew, more towns and communities were established, including Northwood, the county seat.

Worth County faced various challenges throughout its history, including the harsh winters of the Upper Midwest and economic downturns. However, the county remained resilient and continued to thrive. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century further fueled growth, providing transportation for goods and connecting Worth County to larger markets.

Today, Worth County remains an agricultural powerhouse, with farming and agribusiness being its main industries. The county is also known for its natural beauty, including picturesque landscapes, rivers, and parks. It continues to be a close-knit community with a strong sense of pride in its history and a commitment to preserving its rural heritage.

  • 1851 - Worth County is established as a county in the state of Iowa.
  • 1854 - The first settlers arrive in the area, primarily of Norwegian and German descent.
  • 1856 - The first schoolhouse is built in the county.
  • 1860 - The census records a population of 926 people in Worth County.
  • 1864 - The county's first courthouse is constructed in Northwood.
  • 1870 - The population of Worth County reaches 2,251.
  • 1871 - The county's first newspaper, the Worth County Times, is published.
  • 1875 - The railroad arrives in the county, boosting transportation and economic growth.
  • 1881 - The town of Northwood is officially incorporated.
  • 1918 - The Spanish influenza pandemic reaches Worth County, causing widespread illness and death.
  • 1930 - The county's population peaks at 11,106 residents.
  • 1936 - The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) establishes a camp in the county, providing employment during the Great Depression.
  • 1945 - The end of World War II brings a period of post-war economic growth and development.
  • 1965 - The town of Hanlontown experiences a devastating tornado, causing significant damage.
  • 2008 - The county is hit by severe flooding, causing extensive damage to homes and infrastructure.