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Bonaparte Historic Riverfront District was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. It has received recognition as one of 12 Distinctive Destinations in the nation, a prestigious acknowledgment given by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Within this small village (pop.426), situated along the banks of the Des Moines River, there has been a resurgence of historic restoration which will give you the feeling of stepping back in time. The Riverfront District is garnished with a butterfly garden, historic lock walls, refurbished bandshell, and restored mills. Historic street lights illuminate the downtown, gracious Victorian homes, and charming 1800’s cottages are dotted throughout the city. Visitors enjoy the architecture, unique shoppes and the down-home friendly atmosphere. Your trip through the Villages should always include a visit to Bonaparte!

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City Offices & Facilities

  • City Hall, 616 1st St., Bonaparte, Phone: (319) 592-3400
    Email: clerk@cityofbonaparte.com
    City Council meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM
  • Fire-First Responders - 911
  • Bonaparte Public Library, 602 8th St., Bonaparte, Phone: (319) 592-3677
    E-mail: blibrary@netins.net
    Hours: Tues-Thurs 1:30-6 pm, Fri 2:30-6 pm, & Sat 9a-Noon


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