Johnston Real Estate, Johnston IA Homes for Sale
Johnston, Iowa is located just northwest of downtown Des Moines and just outside the I-35/80 loop. Johnston is one of the fastest growing cities in the Des Moines Metropolitan area. The US Census Bureau 2005 estimated population for Johnston was 12,931, an increase of 49.5% since 2000.
Johnston offers a wealth of recreational facilities, numerous parks and trails, new business development and excellent proximity to the Interstate Highway system as well as other primary roads.
Johnston is also home to Camp Dodge, an historic military reserve that is now home to the Iowa Army National Guard and Iowa's Emergency Preparedness Center as well as a superior golf course and other facilities.
Johnston is also the southwestern gateway to Saylorville Reservoir on the Des Moines River.
Johnston is the home of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, and international seed company that develops, produces and sells agricultural seeds of many kinds.
Johnston Iowa History (courtesy of en.wikapedia.org)
Johnston was established in 1905 as a station on the Des Moines & Central Iowa interurban railway between Des Moines and Perry known as Johnston Station. It was named for the railway's freight supervisor, John F. Johnston.
Incorporation did not come until September 18, 1969. At the time, the Johnston Station area did not become part of the incorporated city because of a state law that prevented a town within three miles of another city from incorporating. The neighboring cities of Des Moines and Urbandale were also interested in that land, but in April 1970, Johnston and Urbandale reached an agreement that allowed Johnston to annex the Johnston Station area.
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