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Prairie City is a city within Jasper County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,680 at the 2010 census. It is twenty-two miles east of Des Moines.HistoryPrairie City was founded by James Elliot in 1856, for whom it was originally named; it was later changed because there was already another Elliot in the state. The first resident was William Means, who built a tavern 2mi west of Elliot's cabin. The railroad first came through Prairie City in 1866. The first school in Prairie City was built on 1868(The Plainsmen) ; the city's district remained independent until a merger with that of Monroe in 1990, brought about by the destruction by fire of Monroe's high school. The new school district is called Prairie City-Monroe ("PCM") Community School district, home of the PCM Mustangs.Prairie City's Historical Society was established in 1995. The Prairie City Historical Museum is located at 109 S. Main Street and open by appointment. Many artifacts from Prairie City's history are housed in the museum including the Dowden Potato Digger, which was originally manufactured in Prairie City.The city was the subject of Douglas Bauer's popular reminiscence of change in small town Iowa from the 1950s through the 1970s, Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home.GeographyPrairie City is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.21sqmi, all of it land.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 1,680 people, 631 households, and 468 families residing in the city. The population density was 1388.4PD/sqmi. There were 678 housing units at an average density of 560.3/sqmi. The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.Prairie City is in Iowa (IA). Add Prairie City and other United States destinations to your travel plans using our United States day trip planner .
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