Tipton, Iowa

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Residents in Tipton, Iowa take pride in creating a welcoming, warm community. Whether you are new to Tipton or have lived there for years, people will stop and talk to you.

Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors has plenty of homes for sale in Tipton, Iowa for you to choose from. Continue browsing this page to see all houses for sale and real estate options.

Tipton is located outside of Iowa City. View homes for sale in the Iowa City area for more real estate options.

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It is also known for having generations of families living in the city because of its great quality of life for people of all ages.

Known for being a safe community, people are often outside either walking, tending their garden or just enjoying the weather. Tipton, Iowa is also a busy town with several local restaurants, a full-service grocery, pharmacy and more. There are plenty of homes for sale in the Tipton Community School District as well, which includes an elementary, middle and high school.

There are also events throughout the year to bring people together, including Trunk or Treat, Holly Jolly Christmas and the Classic Car and Tractor Show.

Learn more about Tipton, Iowa including the homes currently for sale, the real estate market and community information.

Nearest Ruhl&Ruhl Office
1075 Highway 1 West
Iowa City, IA 52246
Phone Number: (319) 339-8111

Tipton History

Tipton, Iowa was founded in 1840 by Henry W. Higgins and was named after Higgins’ good friend John Tipton. In 1841, the first large Victorian home was built for a local judge, and it still stands today.

Part of the success and growth of Tipton was due to not just one, but two, railroads going through town. Both the Chicago & Northwestern and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railways were built to pass through Tipton.  

Once known as the “agricultural and livestock center of the world,” Tipton’s history is intertwined with farm life. Probably the most notable example of this was the Iowa Cow War that began in 1931. At the time, the state government mandated testing for tuberculosis in cows. The timing was unfortunate for farmers because it was the start of the Great Depression and many didn’t have the resources for the tests.

In 1931, a group of farmers from Tipton went to Des Moines to protest the required testing. When their appeals didn’t work, they tried to get around the rules at home. Minor acts of violence, e.g., throwing eggs, kept occurring and escalating until the state declared martial law and sent soldiers as a show of force. The farmers immediately backed down. The Iowa Cow War was over by 1935.

Tipton Community

Tipton’s Farmers Market:  Every Thursday afternoon, you can drop by the best farmers market in Cedar County. In the colder months, it runs 3-5 pm and in the warmer months, when it moves outdoors, it is 4-6 pm. In the summer months, you can enjoy live music playing from the gazebo. From homemade candles to fresh eggs and vegetables, everyone can find something to enjoy at the market.

4th of July:  Tipton’s July 4th activities start with a parade, but they don’t end there. The town hosts a 5k run/walk then an afternoon of activities including bouncy houses, face painting and contests.

There are a variety of other events that are hosted throughout the year, including Ridiculous Days and Christmas in Downtown Tipton, Iowa.

Golf: There are two courses to enjoy in Tipton. The first is Tipton Golf & Country Club, a private, 9-hole golf course. The second is Cedar Valley Golf Course, which is a full 18-hole course in Tipton that borders the city and miles of farmland.

Attractions and Entertainment

Cedar County Jail:  Take a tour of the last “Mom and Pop” jail still standing in the country. This means that the husband was employed as the sheriff and the wife cooked the meals not only for her family but also for the prisoners. Tours are still given by the current sheriff today.

Cedar County Historical Society Museum & Prairie Village: Visit the museum to learn about the history of the area, including a list of the names of every soldier who has fought bravely in every war since the Civil War. You can also view information from the Scattergood Hostel where refugees from World War II and the Holocaust went for safety and other rotating exhibits from local churches and individuals.

The Prairie Village is a walk into the past with historic sites still preserved, including the “Bed Bug” schoolhouse, which shows students today what a country school was like.

Cedar County Attic: Learn about the history of Tipton and see relics from the Civil War at this museum. You can take a tour of the museum, use their research library or even rent out their sitting room for your events.

The Tipton Public Library Carnegie Library: This was one of the original Carnegie libraries and was built in 1903. They have an extensive art collection showing work by Grant Wood, Polly Kemp and Marvin Cone.

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