Introduction to Centerville, Iowa
Centerville is the county seat of Appanoose County. Jonathon Stratton founded the city in 1846, however at that time it was called Chaldea. Later on, the name was changed to Centerville. The city was incorporated in 1855. The coal industry played a significant role in the development of the city in the early 1900s. Later, when the demand for coal fell, the Rathbun Dam was built in the 1970s with a view to establish new industries. The city now has industrial plants for plastic products.
Centerville and nearby Attractions
- Historical and Coal Mining Museum
- Moravia Wabash Depot Museum
- Sharon Bluffs State Park
- Lake Wapello State Park
- Moulton Historical Society Museum
Things To Do In Centerville
While in Centerville tourists can visit the Rathun Lake and the Rathun Fish Hatchery. The Honey Creek State Park offers facilities for picnic, boating, and camping. One can also visit the Appanoose County Museum and the Old Jail. Book lovers can have a look around the Drake Public Library and the Centerville Center Library. Visitors can also enjoy the Lake Center Mall. The city also hosts the Pancake Day Festival, Appanoose County Fair and the Croatian Fest each year.
Air transportation is available from Kirksville Regional Airport.
Centerville Higher Education
The colleges and universities that offer higher education opportunities include Indian Hills Community College, Truman State University, Graceland University - Lamoni, and Des Moines Community College.