Meriden - "Quiet and Friendly"
Meriden lies five miles to the west of the county seat of Cherokee. This community offers a high quality environment in which to live, offering low property taxes and a full venue of municipal services. The current population is vigorous in its urban self-sufficiency. In past years, the residents have raised funds to construct their own fire station/city hall and a multi-purpose community center.
In the beginning, Meriden was a settlement known as Hazard, which was developed in December 1869. When the railroad construction stemming from Sioux City stopped there for the winter, a "wet grocery" business popped up and eventually grew into the present day town. The name change from Hazard to Meriden was a request by the locals to the US Postal Service in 1874, with municipality being granted in 1882. At its height, the township had over 400 people.
Current Economic Climate
Meriden hosts several thriving businesses a caf?, grain elevator, telephone company, and an earth-moving construction firm. CML Telephone Company is the Meriden's main employer and supplies telephone and internet service to communities throughout northwest Iowa.
Meriden is part of the MMC School District. Students are bussed to Marcus and Cleghorn, each housing a portion of the educational consolidation. Information regarding the MMC School District can be accessed by the following contact:
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District
400 E. Fenton
Marcus, IA 51035
Every March, the people of Meriden hosts the annual Pancake Day. This event is designed to raise funding for operations of the fire station/community center. A Chili & Soup Cook-off is also held each October. Organizations throughout Cherokee County compete for the title of best chili or soup. Because it takes place so close to Halloween, costumes are encouraged and rewarded, too.
Robert Morse, City Clerk
307 Myrtle Street
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