Introduction to Atlantic, Iowa
In October 1868, Franklin H. Whitney, Connie F. Beemer, John P Cook, B.F. Allen and a Des Moines banker founded the Atlantic Town Company and promoted the establishment of Atlantic town. The founders believed that the city was located midway between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. They tossed a coin to determine the name and it was named after the Atlantic Ocean. The Rock Island Railroad played an important role in determining the actual location of the city. The old depot is still present at Chestnut Street. Atlantic is the county seat of Cass county, which was established in 1851.
Atlantic and Nearby Attractions
- Lake Anita State Park
- Danish Immigrant Museum
- Danish Windmill
- Prairie Rose State Park
- The Hitchcock House
Things To Do In Atlantic
People may visit the Danish Immigrant Museum which houses the famous exhibit "Across Oceans/Across Times", and the historic site of the Danish Windmill which has a tourist center and gift shop. The state parks have facilities for camping, swimming, boating and they also have shelters for picnics. Golfers may enjoy a visit to the Nishna Hills Golf Club. The city hosts several festivals like the Atlantic Fest, Cass County Fair, and the Harvest Fest. Walnut, Iowa is known as the Antique City and is close to Atlantic. This city offers a great antique shopping experience.
Air transportation is available from Des Moines International Airport.
Atlantic Higher Education
Nearby colleges include Iowa Western Community College Cass County Center, Grace University, Metropolitan Community College, Creighton College, and Bellevue University.