Cleghorn "A Place You Can Call Home"
It was a charming village with wide streets and a central park" said Rev. Adams Cleghorn, the founding father of this community. Much has changed since that comment was made, however, the town of Cleghorn has kept its image as a peaceful place in the Iowa countryside. It retains its reputation as being an excellent area to raise a family.
Cleghorn is located on the main line of the Illinois Central Railroad, and was built on a sloping hill. Since trains had to climb up an elevation to reach the settlement, it became known as a flag station. The railroad brought a great deal of industrial business to the small farming town and soon after, a warehouse and stockyards were constructed there. The municipality was formed in 1901 and the townsfolk soon saw a new school and church erected.
Current Economic Climate
Today, Cleghorn cherishes its small town, family values life style. Two manufacturers are located here, providing the main source of employment for the community: Taylor Refrigeration and Wetherell Manufacturing. The public library is connected to the community school. A bank, elevator, motorcycle sales and repair shop, and the Timfish Breading Company all make for a vibrant economic community.
Students in Cleghorn attend the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District. The school building in Cleghorn houses grades 4, 5, and 6. For more information on the MMC School District contact:
400 E. Fenton
Marcus, IA 51035
Cleghorn Central Park - is a community gathering place with a picnic area, playground, restrooms, and tennis courts.
Cleghorn Community Center - As of 2007, Cleghorn boasts a new community center, created with the efforts of concerned citizens.
Native Iowa Arboretum ? The first tree was planted in the MMC Middle School Native Iowa Arboretum on Saturday, April 17, 1996. This interdisciplinary curriculum service learning activity resulted in forty additional trees being planted. Forty of the forty-one trees are species that were native to Iowa when it became a state in 1846, with the research being done in science class. The positioning and plotting of the trees was completed using computer graphing in the Industrial Technology Education Laboratory. The donated trees were planted by MMC Middle School students and staff along with community volunteers. Many of the tree identification markers were placed in cooperation with a Lutheran Brotherhood Service project. An Environmental Shelter was constructed in the middle of the present Arboretum.