Home Town Hideaways in the Tri-States: West Point
Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:00:00 GMT —
When you think of the quintessential small town, a town that could represent that is West Point, Iowa.
Known for it's Sweet Corn Festival in the Summer, West Point brings together a community of just under a thousand people.
Mayor of West Point Paul Walker feels that the quality of life is what keeps people living in the community.
"I was at a council meeting one night, and somebody was complaining about noise on Sunday morning of people running their lawn mower. And one of the council-persons said "Well, when you live in West Point, when one person starts their lawn mower, everybody needs to start their lawn mower. I've been brought up in small towns. In fact when I moved here, this was about the biggest-small town that I lived in. I really support small town living," Walker said.
Ron Fullenkamp has lived in the area his whole life, and thinks the small town has a lot to offer its residents.
"It's a great place to live, and grow up. It's not falling down like so many small towns. The streets are good, we have curbing. So many things we've got, that other towns wish they had," Fullenkamp said.
Originally named Cotton Town after John Cotton, the switch to West Point took place in 1835.
The West Point Presbyterian Church was built as the first brick church in Iowa, and is the oldest Presbyterian church in the state.
With the town history and attractive scenery, residents like Carl Johnston believe West Point is more than a small Iowa town.
"It seems like something's going on in this town all the time, to bring people here. I grew up here, and I liked it here, and I just stayed. It's a good place to live, and it's safe here," Johnston said.
Fullenkamp has never thought twice about leaving this community.
"Never would have had any desire to leave, I love the town, I love the area, I like the people. You couldn't have a better place to live," Fullenkamp said.