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In 1845, two covered wagons stopped on the east bank of the Cedar River at a place known as Prairie Rapids Crossing. In these two wagons were the founders of present day Waterloo, George and Mary Hanna along with their family. In the summer of 1846, the Virdens and the Mullans arrived, becoming the Hanna's first neighbors. In 1851, the town was awarded a post office and a permanent title, but the name needed to be changed. Charles Mullan, who managed to secure seven signatures on a petition to get the post office, thought that the name Prairie Rapids Crossing was too cumbersome for mailing addresses. As a result, the name of the settlement was changed to Waterloo.

Hartman Nature Reserve

You may travel to historic sites in Waterloo 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 Waterloo area, click on "Waterloo Historical Area," which is outlined in red. This map will show you the locations for sites 63-64, 67-78, 80-85, 92, 94-99, 101, 103, 105, 107, 109-111 and 155-156.

  1. George and Mary Hanna Homestead (site)
    Near 3715 University Avenue
  2. Grace United Methodist Church
    East Fifth and Walnut Streets
  3. YMCA Building
    154 West Fourth Street
  4. Mill Stones
    Ansborough Avenue and Black Hawk Road
  5. Home Park Race Track (site)
    Home Park Boulevard and Cloud Street
  6. Prairie Home Seminary
    Park Avenue and Wellington Street
  7. Grout Museum
    503 South Street
  8. Rensselaar Russell House
    520 West Third Street
  9. Carl and Peggy Bluedorn Imaginarium
    West Third and Washington
  10. Washington Park
    Washington Street and Park Avenue
  11. William Snowden House
    306 Washington Street
  12. Mill Sites
    Fourth Street Bridge, East and West Sides
  13. Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Depot
    Fourth and Bluff Street
  14. Black Hawk County Memorial Hall
    104 West Fifth Street
  15. Prairie Rapids Crossing
    Park Avenue Bridge
  16. Public Library Murals
    Park Avenue and Commercial Street
  17. Deere and Company Component Works
    400 Westfield Avenue
  18. National Dairy Cattle Congress Grounds
    Rainbow Drive and University Avenue
  1. Chautauqua Park (Exchange Park)
    Conger Street and Leonard Avenue
  2. Lincoln Park
    Mulberry Avenue and Park Avenue
  3. First Courthouse Building (site)
    10th and Water Street
  4. Highland Neighborhood
    Highland Boulevard and Independence Avenue
    - 205 Prospect Avenue
    - 215 Prospect Avenue
    (Mortimer Cleveland's Home)
    - 225 Highland Boulevard
  5. Illinois Central Railroad Shops
    1006 East Fourth Street
  6. Sullivan Memorial Park
    Fourth and Adams Street
  7. Dunsmore House
    902 Logan Avenue
  8. Litchfield Manufacturing Company
    Parker and Ackerman Streets
  9. Jerald Sulky Company
    3050 Wagner Road
  10. Streeter Homestead (site)
    South of Waterloo Airport
    Marker at 3070 West Airline Highway
  11. Fisher Lake
    George Wyth State Park U.S. Highway 57
  12. Trolley Car Trail
    Access via Rainbow Drive at Castle Bluff Park
  13. Firehouse #2
    716 Commercial
  14. Jesse Cosby Center
    1112 Mobile Street
  15. C.W. Mullan Home
    516 West 1st Street
  16. YWCA
    Corner of Park Avenue and Lafayette
  17. Chicago Great Western Freighthouse
    East Sixth and Sycamore
  18. Massjid Alnoor Islamic Community Center
    728 West 2nd
  1. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Center
    613 West Fourth
  2. East Side Library
    Corner of Mulberry and Fifth
  3. Dry Run Storm Sewer
    Byron and Ninth Street
  4. WCF&N Terminal
    323 East 4th
  5. Alstadt and Langlas Bakery
    1428 Mulberry
  6. Blacks Building
    Sycamore and Fourth
  7. Old Stone Schoolhouse
    West Parker and Columbus
  8. Waterloo Cooperative Dairy
    1302 Commercial Street
  9. Railroad Chapel
    101 Albany
  10. Paramount Theatre (site)
    90 East 4th Street
  11. Emergency Hospital
    Corner of Seventh and Wellington Streets
  12. Rath Packing Company
    Sycamore and Elm
  13. Lou Henry Hoover Memorial
    Currently housed at the Grout Museums
  14. Grave of David Lawrence
    Fairview Cemetery
  15. Electric Park
    Rainbow Drive and University Avenue
  16. George Wyth State Park
    US Highway 57
  17. T. E. Churchill House
    502 South Street
  18. Harden Nowlin House
    614 Washington Street

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Cedar Falls Historic Area Hartman Reserve Nature Center Streeter Homestead (site) Jearld Sulky Fisher Lake George Wyth Park Hartman Reserve Trolley Car Trail Litchfield Manufacturing Company Old Stone Schoolhouse George and Mary Hanna Homestead National Dairy Cattle Congress Grounds Electric Park Dunsmore House Jesse Cosby Center Railroad Chapel Alstadt and Langlas Bakery Emergency Hospital Mill Stones Home Park Race Track Dry Run Storm Sewer Highland Neighborhood Waterloo Historical Area