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Stanton, Iowa...

is a proud community of around 700 people located seven miles east of Red Oak on Highway 34. Stanton is best known for its Swedish heritage, which can be experienced through the Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center, located in the center of town, and the Swedish Coffeepot Water Tower, known as the largest in the world. In 1997 Stanton was honored as the top tourism community in Iowa (pop. under 5000) because of these attractions.

Stanton is also the home of Viking Lake, a popular state park used for fishing, swimming, camping, boating, picnicking, and hiking.




Stanton Community Schools are located on the north side of Stanton. All grades, K-12, have been in the same complex since 1994, when the elementary addition was completed. Open enrollment has been increasing in recent years, no doubt a tribute to the quality of education and student life that Stanton students enjoy.

The Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center... the oldest public building in Montgomery County still in use. Formerly a public school, the SHCC now contains a wide variety of historical and cultural exhibits in addition to a gift shop.


April thru October, 1-4 pm daily except Monday.
November thru March, open by appointment.  Please visit!

Phone: (712) 829-2840 



The Swedish Coffeepot water tower stands 125 feet high and can hold 40,000 gallons--640,000 cups. Stanton is also the birth place of Hollywood's Virginia Christine, the "Mrs. Olsen" on Folgers Coffee television commercials.

The new Swedish Coffee Cup water tower was built in 2000.  It is 96 feet tall and can hold 150,000 gallons--2,400,000 cups of coffee. It is located at the corner of Highland and Hilltop (South Hill).

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