Nestled in the heart of the Iowa River Valley, Marengo is just 30 miles southwest of Cedar Rapids, 30 miles northwest of Iowa City, 14 miles west of the Amana Colonies and 7 miles north of Exit 216 on Interstate 80. With a population of 2,528 (2010 census), Marengo is proud of its "small town" atmosphere. However, there are available a wide variety of shopping, dining and recreational activities, including some of the best hunting and fishing in the state of Iowa.
Incorporated in July 1859, Marengo has served as the county seat of Iowa County since August 1845. The city was named due to its resemblance to a plain in Italy where Napoleon fought and won the Battle of Marengo in 1800. For many years, Marengo was the commercial center of Iowa County due to its proximity to the Iowa River, which forms the northern boundary of the city.
Notable Marengo residents:
- Cliff Clevenger was a U.S. Representative from Ohio who had a business in Marengo.
- Cindy Gerard, award-winning romance author, lives outside Marengo.
- Paul Hinrichs, born in Marengo, was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball.
- Bradley Kasal, born in Marengo, is a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Marine Corps and recipient of the Navy Cross.
- Jeremiah Henry Murphy practiced law in Marengo and was later a U.S. representative.
- John N. W. Rumple a U.S. representative served as Mayor and in other capacities.
- Rick Wanamaker, Pan-American Games gold medalist and national champion in the decathlon was born in Marengo, and attended high school in Marengo.
- Clarence Whitehill, born in Marengo, was a noted opera singer.
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