Waterloo is the county seat of Black Hawk County in Iowa. Large homes in Waterloo IA with five bedrooms are available. Prospective homeowners who want smaller houses can find houses in the area with three or four bedrooms. There are houses and condos with two bedrooms for sale. Some Waterloo houses were built in the early 1900s.
Waterloo was originally named Prairie Rapids. It was established as one of Black Hawk County's first settlements in 1845, and it became the county seat in 1855. The Illinois Central Railroad established its repair shop in Waterloo in 1870. Waterloo was a major center of industry by the end of the 19th century. There were more than 100 factories in the city by 1914. The National Cattle Congress has been held in Waterloo every year since 1910. The Grout Museum of History & Science has exhibits on the history of the area. The museum's phone number is 319-234-6357.
Waterloo's parks have plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities for those who have purchased real estate in Waterloo IA. People can play tennis at Byrnes Park, Gates Park and several other parks. Lafayette Park and Sullivan Park are two of the parks with basketball courts. There are soccer fields at Devonshire Park, Miller Park and a few other parks. Cedar River Exchange Park and Cedar Bend Park are on the riverfront. Both parks have boat ramps. Katoski Greenbelt covers 1100 acres in Waterloo. This area has a prairie, a creek and lakes. Visitors can go hiking, biking and cross-country skiing here. Residents of homes in Waterloo IA can learn more about the city's parks at http://www.waterlooleisureservices.org/parks.
Those who have purchased real estate in Waterloo IA will find themselves close to a number of attractions. People can visit four museums in the Grout Museum District. The Grout Museum of History & Science has exhibits on the area's history, a genealogical reference library and a planetarium. Exhibits at the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium bring science to life. Visitors can create laser shows here. A walk through the Rensselaer Russell House will take visitors back to Waterloo's early days. Visiting the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum will give people an opportunity to learn about the history of Iowa veterans. Those interested in visiting the museums can learn more about them at http://www.groutmuseumdistrict.org.
Waterloo's outdoor attractions include the Sunrise Petting Zoo and the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens. The Sunrise Petting Zoo has farm animals. Visitors can wander along prairie paths or admire the flowers in the gardens at the Cedar Valley Arboretum. Events held at the arboretum include the Midsummer Celebration and the Fall Harvest Festival. The arboretum's website is http://cedarvalleyarboretum.org.
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My Waterloo Days is held at the beginning of June. Events during this four-day festival include a parade, a fireworks show and a water skiing show. The festival's website is http://www.mywaterloodays.org.