Adams County, Iowa
Adams County, Iowa, is a vibrant, picturesque area nestled among the rolling hills of southwest Iowa. The State of Iowa has chosen Adams County as one of Iowa Great Places. First Lady Michelle Obama has designated Adams County as a Preserve America area. Corning’s downtown is not only a Great American Main Street, but also a National Register Historic District.
So as you browse through the pages of our lives here in Adams County, you’ll find active, creative and enthusiastic communities, organizations and businesses who convert energy and enthusiasm into a quality of life that is desirable. People here are innovative and hardworking with a cooperative spirit and strong volunteer base that gets things done.
Whether you are stopping in for a visit; looking for a forward-thinking community in which to open a business; or wanting a safe, friendly and healthy environment to raise a family, you’re always at home in our hometowns.
Our Local City Governments: Corning Prescott Nodaway Carbon
Originally named Walters, the town of Carbon got a new name after coal was discovered in the area in the 1850s. Coal mining continued as an important industry through the early 20th century.
Located in Quincy Township, just north of the intersection of Iowa Highway 148 and US Highway 34, the city of Corning is the county seat of Adams County. As of the 2010 census, over 1,630 residents call Corning home.
The first land purchase near present-day Nodaway was made by James Harlow in 1854. By the late 1860s, Nodaway was one of the stops on the popular Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.