Whether you are a current resident, or have friends and family in the Elgin area, this web site is the place to contact the community about events and services.

Elgin is a picturesque community of approximately 700 residents in the northeastern part of Iowa. It is located between the Turkey River and Otter Creek in eastern Fayette County what is known as “Shinbone Valley.” Elgin’s 2010
population was 683 residents, but we are growing! New housing is being built in several parts of town and we are proud of the quality of life in our corner of Fayette County. Elgin is close to the communities of Clermont, West
Union, Elkader, Wadena, Gunder and Postville. The
Valley School District includes Wadena, Elgin and Clermont and is located about 2 miles from Elgin on Highway W51.  “The Valley district is part of a whole grade sharing
arrangement with the North Fayette Community School District of West Union.  The Valley site serves pre-school through middle school for North Fayette Valley students, while the high school students attend classes at the North
High School site in West Union.”

Elgin lies in the rolling hill country and much of the surrounding area is heavily wooded. A number of residents of larger Iowa towns have weekend and vacation homes in the area. The charm of the community and the excellent
business services available make it a great place to relax and enjoy the country.

As an Iowa Great Place,
The Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) is unique in its geographic size and potential. The communities of Clermont, Elgin and Elkader in Fayette and Clayton Counties are linked by the special,
scenic beauty of the Turkey River. Visitors relish in the abundance of wooded hills and rich rolling plains, streams and rivers, diverse wildlife and recreational opportunities. TRRC's mission is to connect Clermont, Elgin and Elkader
to develop and enhance the existing natural resource base through the creation of land and water trails to serve as the catalyst for economic growth and development.

Elgin has an unusual number of businesses for a town of its size. Some of the businesses include,
Alpine Communications, American Legion Hall, Baker Construction, Guppy's On The Go, Butikofer Insurance, Chapman Electric, Don’s 66 Service, Downtown Hair Designs,  Elgin Echo, Elgin Fire Department, Elgin Motor  
Elgin Historical Society, Elgin State Bank,  Elgin Laundromat,  Strahm Hardware, Fauser Energy Resources, Frieden Welding, Volga River Realty, Tyson Hog Buying Station, Katsumes Law Firm, Leonard-Grau Funeral
Home, TiCo Market, Time-Restored, NE Iowa Mechanical, Rocke Financial Services, Seabrooke Accounting, The Sunrise Group, Touch of Color Painting, Joanne Odegard Painting, Torkelson Motors, Valley Veterinary Clinic,  
Viafield, Heart of the Valley Clinic, Federal Hybrids, Roger Falb Rentals, Central Tank Coating, J & L Lawn Care, Kevin Lembke Trucking, J & M Fund Raising, Inc.

Lutra, Iowa is now part of Elgin. It was the small town a mile from downtown Elgin and was incorporated into the town of Elgin in the early 1900’s. The railroad came through Lutra and served both communities until the late 1970’
s. Both Elgin and Lutra had hotels and separate business districts well into the 20th Century. Samuel Connors laid out the city blocks in Lutra which originally consisted of 8 blocks. The Elgin Historical Society has numerous pictures
and city records relating to Lutra.

We welcome you to our community and hope that you’ll come to visit. Elgin is a serene community and the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
We're just 75 miles from Cedar Rapids and Waterloo and an easy drive from Chicago, Des Moines, Minneapolis and Madison.

Elgin residents enjoy an extremely low cost of living in a safe, scenic community with plenty of services and things to do. It's a great place to live and a fine place to retire.
But best of all, our community is an exceptional place to raise a family in a top school district - The Valley Community Schools!

Come for a visit - you may decide to stay!
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The Elgin American Legion
"Veterans Memorial Community
Building"  is available to rent for
receptions, special meetings,
reunions, and family or special
dinners. Contact Torkelson Motors:

River Town of the Year!
Elgin has been working since 2007 to better the community through planning for public safety, life long
education, community beautification, quality of life, and economic development.
Elgin's long-term vision for 2023 includes goals to develop a clean, well-kept, friendly creative, forward
looking, socially diverse community, become an economically vital and attractive place to live and a
camping, fishing and hunting destination, and be conscious of environmental values while transforming
and improving infrastructure.

As the community has worked to accomplish these goals, the Turkey River has remained a central
resource for Elgin. The following are just a few regional organizations that have had direct positive
impacts on Elgin's natural resources and economy:

Turkey River Recreational Corridor
River Bluffs Scenic Byway
Turkey River Watershed Management Authority
Northeast Iowa RC&D