Introduction to Spencer, Iowa
Spencer was first settled in 1866. The city was named in the honor of Senator George E. Spencer. In 1871, the city became the county seat of Clay County, which was organized in 1858 and was named after Henry Clay, Jr. who was a colonel in the Mexican - American War. Originally, Peterson was the county seat. The first railroad entered the city of Spencer in 1878. The courthouse of city was constructed in 1901.
Spencer and nearby Attractions
- Parker Historical Museum of Clay County
- Adams - Higgins House
- Wanata State Park
- Lost Island Lake
- Abbie Gardner State Historic Site
- Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum
Things To Do In Spencer
Spencer offers easy access to Clark Museum of Area History, Parker House Museum, Fort Defiance State Park, Higgins Museum of National Bank Notes, and Gull Point State Park. The local parks include the Stolley Gravel Pit Park, Fairview Park, Waterway Park, and Sunset Park. Golf enthusiasts can visit the Spencer Municipal Golf Course and Spencer Country Club. The Ranch Amusement Park is also ideal for a family day out. The Southpark Mall and Gateway North Shopping Center are the local shopping centers.
Air transportation is available from Fort Dodge Regional Airport.
Spencer Higher Education
Buena Vista University, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Iowa Central Community College, and many other colleges and universities offer facilities for higher studies.