Introduction to Harlan, Iowa
Harlan, Iowa, in Shelby county, is located 38 miles NE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center) and 41 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska. The city is located in the Omaha metropolitan area. Harlan has a population of 5,282.
Harlan was named after James Harlan, a U.S. Senator and Supreme Court Justice. It was formally incorporated on May 2, 1879. In April, 1859, Harlan became the county seat of Shelby County, which was created on January 15, 1851 and was named in the honor of the first Governor of Kentucky called General Isaac Shelby. The first courthouse of the area was constructed in 1860.
Harlan and nearby Attractions
- Shelby County Historical Museum
- Harlan Golf and Country Club
- Prairie Rose State Park
- Walnut Creek Historical Museum
- Danish Windmill
Things To Do In Harlan
At Harlan, one can spend their free hours at the Norman Stamp Aquatic Center. You can also visit the Dr. Joseph Spearing Park, Little George Park, Leinen Park, and Potters Park. The Pioneer Park also includes a walking/ jogging trail and facilities for Frisbee Golf. Apart from the Harlan Golf and Country Club, the city also includes two more 9 - hole golf courses. The Shelby County Historical Museum and the Danish Immigrant Museum are also worth visiting.
Air transportation can be availed from Eppley Airfield.
Harlan Higher Education
Residents can avail higher education from Owa Western Community College, Bellevue University, and Creighton University.