Introduction to Altoona, Iowa
Altoona, Iowa, in Polk county, is located 8 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 131 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The city is in the Des Moines area. There are 10,345 residents in Altoona.
Altoona was officially incorporated on March 11, 1876. The name Altoona is derived from the latin word "Altus" which means high because the city was located on a high point on the Des Moines Valley Railroad. The city was named by Julian B. Bausman.
Altoona and nearby Attractions
- Des Moines Art Center
- Science Center of Iowa
- State Historical Society of Iowa
- Iowa State Capitol
- Big Creek State Park
- Walnut Woods State Park
Things To Do In Altoona
While in Altoona, tourists can visit the Living History Farms to see the replica of an Indian village or even have a look at the International Wrestling Institute and Museum. There are many parks in the city like the Prairie Heritage Park, Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, and Lions Park. Visitors can also experience Adventureland and the other amusement and theme parks in the city. The City of Altoona also has many churches.
Air transportation is available from Des Moines International Airport.
Altoona Higher Education
The Des Moines Community College, Drake University, Iowa State University, Iowa Central Community College, and many other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.