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The History of Carson, Iowa

In 1880, the Burlington and Rock Island Railroad began to provide transportation access to settlers located on the land that is now known as the City of Carson. During this time the first passengers and freight were unloaded in a field until a depot was built a few years later. With direct access to the railroad, plans began for the settlement and the City of Carson was officially given its present name and incorporated in 1881 with a population of 240 residents.


Since its incorporation in 1881, the City of Carson has continued to grow and prosper. By 1990, the City had reached a population of 705 residents. To accommodate this population growth that has occurred over the past century, the City has acquired several commercial and governmental operations to service the residents of Carson. Some of these operations include two banks, post office, convenience store, restaurants, news paper, and several local churches.

Our city is only 30 minutes from Council Bluffs, IA and Omaha, NE. We consider ourselves as a bedroom community. Many people drive to Council Bluffs, IA or Omaha, NE to work. In our City we have a great City Park, which we have updated with new playground equipment, basketball court and softball/baseball field. We also have an annual Rodeo and parade that is held every first week of August. For the past 40 years our City has had a Theatre which is owned and operated by the Carson Community Club.

The City of Carson is located between the City’s of Macedonia & Oakland on Highway 59 and the City’s of Griswold & Treynor on Highway 92. In 1993 the three City’s of Macedonia, Carson, and Oakland joined schools to become Riverside School District. There is a middle school located in Carson which educates 5-8 graders, the elementary and high schools are located in Oakland.

Click Here for a Historic List of Past Mayor's for the City of Carson 1881-Present.