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Princeton is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. The population was 886 at the 2010 census.HistoryThe first known settlers in Princeton Township were brothers Giles and Haswell Pineo in about 1836. By 1838, Elizabeth City – the predecessor to Princeton – had its first store, ferry across the nearby Wapsipinicon River, mill and distillery were in operation.The city now known as Princeton was platted and recorded in 1852, and the city was incorporated in 1860. Rail service to Chicago began in 1860. Samuel Porter was the first elected mayor in 1858, for a population of less than 500. The population has fluctuated several times through the years, and today stands at less than 900 residents.The city's mainstay businesses for many years were Farmers Savings Bank, chartered in 1908, and Boll's General Store, founded by Henry "Heinie" Boll in 1922. Farmers Savings Bank is now part of Milan, Illinois-based Blackhawk Bank & Trust, while Boll's Store continued until 1997. Boll's storefront is now the Community Center.Education of the area’s children started in a log cabin, moved to a converted barn and then, in 1866, to a stone building. Princeton became part of the North Scott Community School District in 1956, and is now served by Virgil Grissom Elementary School, which opened in 1967.The Methodist and the Presbyterian churches began to hold services in 1840, and the Lutherans first held services in a building known as "Old Brick," located 4mi west of town, in 1852. Today, Zion Lutheran Church (part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Princeton Presbyterian Church, affiliated with White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.
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