Introduction to Oskaloosa, Iowa
Oskaloosa got its name from Ouscaloosa, who according to the legend was a Creek princess. The princess married the chief of Osceola, named Seminole. The name means "last of the beautiful." The first white settlers who came to the city in 1835 were led by Nathan Boone. It was officially platted in 1844 and also became a county in the same year.
Oskaloosa and nearby Attractions
- Southern Iowa Fairgrounds
- McGrew Fine Arts Center
- Heartland Square Mall
- Hewitt Jaycee Park
- Nelson Pioneer Farm & Crafts Museum
Things To Do In Oskaloosa
Tourists in Oskaloosa can visit several parks in the city including Keating Jaycee Park, City Square Park, and the Frederick Logan Historical Marker. The Nelson Pioneer Farm & Crafts Museum is the best hangout for the history and art lovers of the city. Southern Iowa Fairgrounds is also worth visiting. Shopping is a great activity at the Penn Central Mall and the Heartland Square Mall. Festivals such as the Nelson Pioneer Farm Fall Festival and the Southern Iowa Fair are hosted by the city every year.
Des Moines International Airport offers air transportation opportunities.
Oskaloosa Higher Education
Residents of Oskaloosa can attend the William Penn University, Indian Hills Community College, Des Moines Community College, and Iowa State University.