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IMG_6438-webKeystone, Iowa, located in Benton County is a peaceful, neighborly, farming community established in 1881 with the arrival of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad.  Keystone, population 622, offers residents all of the pleasures of small town life, combined with the advantage of a short commute for any goods and services they can’t find right here at home. We have a strong community based in the Benton Community School District, offering high quality education and a personal touch that is often lacking in larger schools.2013-08-25-15.24.45web

Our town has a beautiful city park, ball diamond, tennis court, and offers family oriented activities throughout the year including a summer recreation program. We are a host to a number of volunteer civic organizations including the fire department and first responders.

Keystone’s small town values and spirit make our town a friendly and safe place to live.  We are a small but proud community constantly working towards community betterment.

We are home to the Keystone Turner Hall, a dance hall and six lane bowling alley.  The Turners host the annual Children’s Day, a German custom since 1904, and BBQ Round-Up.  We are also home to the Darold Sindt Antique Museum, featuring a variety of approximately 200 tractors and implements plus riding lawn mowers, pedal tractors and other interesting collectibles. Also located in Keystone are:  an active church, a locally owned bank, a full service library, convenience store, the Keystone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center our largest employer and multiple small businesses.

 

American Legion & Auxiliary

Keystone Turners & Auxiliary

Keystone Turnerettes

Cub Scouts

St-John-Lutheran-Church-250tallSt. John Lutheran Church

Bowling – League for all ages

Tennis

Playground

Summer Ball League-All Ages

Easter Egg Hunt

City Wide Garage Sales in May and September

Turner’s Childrens Day – first Saturday in June

Slow Pitch Tournament second weekend in August

Halloween Party and Costume Judging – for all ages

Christmas Drawing and a Visit from Santa Claus – Free hot dogs and a gift for children newborn to 6th grade

Veterinarian Office

Attorney At Law

Funeral Home

Nursing Care Center

Skilled Care Center

Senior Citizen Housing

Assisted Living Center

History

The town of Keystone, Iowa came into existence in the summer and fall of 1881 with the arrival of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad. The railroad was building its Iowa line westward from Marion to Council Bluffs.

August 28, 1881, Matthew Darcy deeded a portion of his home farm for a town site and the Milwaukee Land Company immediately proceeded to plat the site into lots and blocks.

The real reason for selecting the name of Keystone for the new town has never been definitely settled. Some believe that as it is almost the central point between Chicago and Omaha, the terminus of the railroad, the name represents the central part or the Keystone of the line. Another theory is that the land company, finding a considerable German element among the early residents, concluded, erroneously, that they were “Pennsylvania Dutch” emigrants and named the town from the nickname of Pennsylvania, the Keystone State.

The first council meeting was held March 9, 1894 at the home of Theis Thiessen. William Schuett was the first Mayor.

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