Kellogg Historical Museum

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Kellogg Iowa History


The history of the town of Kellogg dates back to 1865 when the Central Rock Island and Pacific Railroad reached Grinnell. The town has had four names since it's beginning. The town site was already familiar to stagecoach travelers as Manning's Station, after the rustic combined depot and hotel operated by Dan Manning. When the railroad made public their intention of proceeding west from Grinnell and designating the location as a station, Dr. A.W. Adair and Enos Blair laid out the town and, on September 12, 1865, had it duly recorded as Jasper City. Later the post office was established in the name of Kimball, as a compliment to A. Kimball, the efficient superintendent of the C.R.I & P.R.R. Mr Kimball protested against this, insisting that the name be Kellogg, after Judge Abel Avery Kellogg.


​excerpted from The Kellogg Historical Booklets and iagenweb.org