Lamoni was founded as a church colony in 1879 when it was platted as a town. The earliest settlers had come approximately 30 years before the laying out of the town. The first was a group who came from 1834 to 1840 thought they were settling in Missouri. In those days there was intense feeling and marked division over the slavery issue.
Missouri was drawing several settlers because it was open to slave holding. A number of this early band brought slaves to be held in the southern territory. They miscalculated a few miles on the boundary and found they could not hold slaves in the Iowa Territory. Lamoni’s real beginnings, however, do not spring from this group.
Lamoni, Iowa is located at the cross section of Interstate 35 and Highway 69. At our Crossroads, you’ll find an immersion of agriculture, industry and family. We are a community proud of its rich Amish contingent, strong faith base and innovative workforce.
The Community of Lamoni is committed to fostering growth of exceptional leaders who work together to build a progressive community. We are fully invested in the foundation of Lamoni—family, education, business and technological advancement. Our mission is not only a principle of leadership, it is a way of living.
We ask you to join us as we Lead On Lamoni.
We welcome you to the community joined together to guide the future – Lead on Lamoni. “Lead on” is a positive statement for future growth. It promotes taking a leadership role in education, community, technology and business.
Lamoni is located at the cross section of Interstate 35 and Highway 69. Our new logo represents the crossing of Lamoni with each symbolic quadrant as a part of the intersection.
• The Crossing of Pride and Progress
• The Crossing of Family and Future
• The Crossing of Education and Opportunity
• The Crossing of Advancement and Innovation