DescriptionThe market town of Jefferson was established after a group of local settlers went to Des Moines in 1854 and borrowed $200 to purchase the town site. Named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson, it first was called New Jefferson. The town was the birthplace of Dr. George Gallup, creator of the Gallup Poll public opinion survey.
Exhibits at Greene County Historical Society and Museum, 219 E. Lincolnway, depict city history. One of Jefferson's most distinguishable architectural features is the Greene County Courthouse, a Greek Revival structure featuring a domed rotunda with a stained glass ceiling.
The restored Milwaukee Railroad Depot serves as a trailhead of the Raccoon River Valley Trail, an 89-mile recreational multi-use trail running through woodlands and farmlands from Jefferson to Waukee.
A statue of 1972 Olympic archery champion Doreen Wilber stands at Vine and Lincolnway streets on US 30.
Jefferson is on the historic Lincoln Highway (US 30). Look for reproduction Burma Shave signs in the area.
Visitor InfoGreene County Chamber of Commerce 220 N. Chestnut St. JEFFERSON, IA 50129. Phone:(515)386-2155
Self-guiding toursMaps outlining a driving tour of Greene County’s barn quilts are available at the chamber of commerce.
Things to SeeJefferson Telephone Company Museum