first permanent white settlement in Black Hawk County was
started in March 1845 by William Sturgis and his brother-in-law,
Erasums D. Adams. They named their settlement Sturgis Falls.
The two came to the area in search of homes and desirable
water power. Upon arriving in the area, Sturgis and Adams
were charmed by both the beauty of the area and also by
the possibility of a townsite in the area.
a double log cabin on the banks of the Red Cedar River and
broke five acres of prairie. This was considered to be the
first breaking of prairie land in the county.
The name of
Sturgis Falls was changed to Cedar Falls in 1851.
may travel to historic sites in Cedar Falls on this tour
by clicking on numbers on the map or by clicking on the
name of the site in the list below. To go to sites in
the downtown Cedar Falls area, click on "Cedar
Falls Historical Area," which is outlined
in red. This map will show you the locations for sites
1-26, 38-39, 42, 49-51, and 53-56. Likewise, to see the
locations of historic sites in the University of Northern
Iowa area, click on "UNI,"
which is also outlined in red. This map will show you
the locations for sites 32-37.
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Thursday, June 3, 2004