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Eldon is a city in Wapello County, Iowa, United States. The population was 927 at the 2010 census. Eldon is the site of the small Carpenter Gothic style house that has come to be known as the American Gothic House because Grant Wood used it for the background in his famous 1930 painting American Gothic.HistoryEldon had its start in the year 1870 by the building of the Keokuk and Des Moines Railway through that territory. It was incorporated in 1872.Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold, who was born in nearby Ottumwa, operated Roseanne and Tom's Big Food Diner in Eldon from 1993 to 1995.GeographyEldon is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.12sqmi, of which, 1.11sqmi is land and 0.01sqmi is water. The city is situated on the north bank of the Des Moines River.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 927 people, 406 households, and 260 families residing in the city. The population density was 835.1PD/sqmi. There were 448 housing units at an average density of 403.6/sqmi. The racial makeup of the city was 98.4% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.Use our United States trip itinerary website to arrange your visit to Eldon and any other destinations in United States that take your fancy.
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