Story City Iowa

map.jpgStory City Iowa (pop. 3,431) on Interstate 35, 45 miles north of Des Moines and only 10 miles north of Iowa State University in Ames. Industrial parks, shopping mall, and a vibrant downtown are located less than 2 miles west of I-35. U.S. Hwy 69 is located only 1 mile west of downtown.

Story City has a mix of small and large businesses, employing more than 1000 from Story City and surrounding areas. In addition, smaller businesses include an outlet shopping mall, antique mall, service industries, variety of retail businesses and restaurants. Most businesses are locally owned and operated.

Points of Interest

Story City Antique Carousel

Come ride Story City’s restored 1913 Herschell-Spiullman Antique Carousel. Visitors of all ages enjoy taking a spin on the hand-carved wooden animals as the 1936 Wurlitzer Military Band Organ plays. Located in picturesque North Park, the arousel offers special tours and is open daily from meomrial Day through Labor Day. More information

Historical Museums

Tales of Story City’s heritage are retold through the 1903 Queen Anne style Barlett Museum, the 1859 Sheldall Country Schoolhouse, and the Story City Museum. More information

Swinging Bridge

This charming swinging bridge over the Skunk River, constructed in 1936 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA program, is located in South Park and enters into a lovely picnic area. It is also an amazing sight when alight in the evenings.

Story Theatre/Grand Opera House

Discover Iowa’s oldest continuously operating theater, offering a rich history of performing arts and movie magic, located right in the heart of downtown Story City. Buy a ticket, grab your popcorn and enjoy! More information

Other Points of Interest

Prairie Park & Gazebo, bicycle paths, walking paths, River Bend Golf Course, all-weather track, swimming pool, Historic Hotel Block, tennis courts, canoe/kayak access.