Waukee Iowa Community Information
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Waukee, Iowa is located about 15 miles west of downtown Des Moines on US Hwy 6. The US Census Bureau 2004 estimated population for Waukee was 8,132, an increase of 58.6% since 2000.
Originally a farming center and later a coal mining community, Waukee is still a small Iowa town in it's character.
Waukee experienced explosive growth in the 1990´s, doubling in size, and continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in Iowa today. Significant commerical growth is occurring along the US-6 and University Avenue corridors in Waukee. Waukee's community school district is highly regarded among all of the better school districts in the Des Moines area.
Waukee is the eastern terminus of the Racoon Fiver Valley Trail - one of the first and finest Rails-to-Trails trail conversions in Iowa. Both the western and eastern terminii of this trail will eventually connect with other Iowa trail systems.
Waukee Iowa History (courtesy of www.waukee.org)
Waukee, originally called Shirley, was started by General Lewis A. Grant, as one of seven stops on the Des Moines Valley Railroad, which ran from Des Moines to Grand Junction in Greene County. Waukee was incorporated in 1878.
In 1920, the first coal mine, Harris Mines, opened northeast of Waukee. In 1921, Shuler Company started their mine, one mile east of Harris. Shuler Mine was the last major shaft mine in Iowa, with a shaft of 387 feet. It was also the heaviest producer of any mine in the state. During their 28 years of operation, they took out over seven million tons of coal. . Mining was an important part of the community until the last mine closed in 1949. The miners' Italian families will long be remembered as a part of Waukee´s rich sociological heritage, and remembered for their elaborate weddings, with a carload of grapes being shipped in from California for the celebrations.
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Waukee Iowa Real Estate
Waukee offers the full range of housing opportunities. Old Waukee offers quaint small town starter homes and post WWII ranch houses. More recent high quality residential developments are offered east, north and south of downtown Waukee including recently developed townhome and condo areas. Many upscale and luxury home developments have also been started in the Waukee community. Many of Waukee's newer communities are very accessible to the Jordan Creek Shopping area in West Des Moines.
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