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The Brick City

Page Contents for Clermont, Iowa

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History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Iowa state capital is Des Moines.
The population of Clermont is approximately 716 (2001), 632 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 251 (1990), 276 (2010).
The amount of land area in Clermont is 2.838 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Clermont to Washington DC is 851 miles.
The distance to the Iowa state capital is 143 miles. (as the crow flies)
Clermont is positioned 43.00 degrees north of the equator and 91.65 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in northeast Iowa along the banks of the Turkey River. Here is a map page for the area.
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History & History Related Items

Here is an informative history page for Clermont. Clermont was first spelled Claremont. In 1851, the town was laid out by John Thompson and C.D. Carlton. It wasn't officially platted until 1855. When Thompson bought his his partner, he wanted to rename the town Norway but the local residents greatly objected. Thompson relented and the name reverted back to the first spelling of Claremont. Finally on 15 July 1856, it was recorded by the legislature as Clermont. It was incorporated on 16 August 1875 as a town.

Clermont enjoyed a thriving brickmaking industry in the second half of the nineteenth century. They were so famous for their brick, the town earned the name the "Brick City."

Montauk was the home of Iowa's 12th governor, William Larrabee. He was the first governor to serve in the new capital building in Des Moines, previously located in Iowa City. For more information on the former governor and other Clermont history, see the above history page.
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Montauk - Home of Iowa's 12th Governor William Larrabee

Abraham Lincoln Statue and Park - Erected in 1902 in memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War

Larrabee School - Larrabee school is a monument to Governor William Larrabee's concept of the "Ideal School" It was erected in 1912-1913

The Village Blacksmith - Burkard Regiel came to Clermont from Germany in 1929 and began practice here and continued 53 years

Union Sunday School - The Union Sunday School was built in 1863 and has a Kimball organ that is 20-ft. long, 11-ft. deep, and 7-1/2 ft. high

Episcopal Church - The Church of the Saviour was built in 1867 as a gift from Mrs. Frances Vinton of Providence, R.I. in memory of a son and daughter who died in youth.

Henderson Statue - Colonel David B. Henderson was a member of the United States House of Representatives where he was Speaker of the House in 1899 and 1901

Recreation in the area.
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Clermont City Government

City of Clermont
505 Larrabee St.
P.O. Box 6
Clermont, IA 52135
Phone: 563-423-7295
Fax: 563-423-7376
City Email
City Office Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

City Officials (as of 1-2006)
Mayor Rodney Wagner
Council Members:
James Matt - Mayor Pro-Tem
Randy Wiedenhoff
Steve Baker
Ardith Barnes
William Ashby
City Clerk:
Jenean Niedert
City Superintendent:
Doug Thompson
Police Chief:
Arthur Sullivan, Jr.
Fire Department:
Fire Chief - John Gass

Clermont Historical Events

2003, June 20-22
100th Anniversary
The communities of Clermont and Northeast Iowa celebrated the 100th Anniversary Reunion of the Iowa Twelfth Infantry Regiment including the Civil War Boys of Company C (Upper Iowa University Recruits).

Our purpose was to honor, celebrate, portray and re-dedicate the 1903 Grand Reunion, attended by thousands, of Iowa's Twelfth Infantry Regiment Civil War Heroes. Those thousands came in 1903 to see, meet, and honor Civil War Veterans in a great celebration and dedication.

Speakers at the 1903 two-day event included U.S. Senator, James Dolliver, U.S. House Speaker, David B. Henderson, former Governor, William Larrabee, Shiloh Battlefield Historian, Major David Reed, Col. Jack Stibbs of Iowa's Twelfth, Upper Iowa University President, T.J. Bassett, and Northeast Iowa dignitaries. Bands and choruses from Fayette County performed.

The Abraham Lincoln Statue and pedestal in Lincoln Park was dedicated. The David B. Henderson Statue was dedicated in front of the Episcopal Church. Still standing, all these are part of our history.

We are honoring our history and all Civil War Heroes by celebrating this once in a lifetime event at the scenes of the 1903 event. We encouraged anyone and everyone with an interest in their ancestors and with an interest in their ancestors and civil war days to research, share, 'adopt' and/or portray a veteran, wife, sweetheart, or mother. You can be that person as they would have been in 1861-65 or 1903. People dressed up in 1861-65 or 1903 clothing and joined in the fun!!

~Organ Concerts
~Band Concerts
~Military Ball
~Civil War Re-Enactors
~Statue Re-Dedications
~Community Church Service
~Children's Activities
~Civil War Fashions
~Museum Buildings Open
~Historic Sites Open
~Activities at Montauk

Town of Clermont is laid out by John Thompson & C.D. Carlton

Township formed and first spelled Claremont

Clermont Community Events

October each year
The Annual Corn Fest
For current year information, please contact the Corn fest
The Second annual Corn Fest 2000 began on Saturday Oct 7 north of Clermont, Iowa on the Heritage Farm Park grounds and went through Sunday, October 8. The exciting 2 day event of telling a bit of our past farming life began with a flag raising at 10:30 am followed by Wallace's Farmer editor, Frank Holdmeyer, opening the hand corn picking contest at 11:30 am. Patty Judge, our Iowa secretary of Agriculture spoke at 12 noon.
Machine demonstrations included: corn binder and shreader, old time silo filling, threshing machines, horse plowing, steam tractors, shingle making, wood carving, and a large flea-craft market of up to 50 stands. Both days there were antiques to look at, flea and craft market. horse drawn wagon rides, burrow Rides, mini corn Maze, exotic corn exibits and Barn music in the restored barn.
Contact persons-Laverne Swenson, 319-423-5927, Mike Finnegan, 319-423-7364, Bill Dummermuth, 319-426-5181 or Gerald Schneider, 319-423-5585. Flea market contact Vernon Oakland, 319-423-7122

Clermont Libraries

Clermont Public Library
Box 49, 505 Larrabee St.
Clermont, IA 52135
Phone: 563-423-7286
Hours: Mon. - Wed. 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., Thurs. Closed, Fri. 9:30 -11:30 a.m. 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Sat. 9:00-12:00 a.m.
librarian: Helena Zweibohmer (10-2001)

Clermont Schools

Valley Community School District
23493 Canoe Road
Elgin, IA 52141
Superintendent's Office: (563) 426- 5501

The children of Clermont attend schools in the Valley Community School District (Valley CEW) which serves the communities of Clermont, Elgin and Wadena. Clermont


The population of Clermont was:
1990 - 523
2001 - 716

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