Cherokee County’s strategic Upper Midwest location lowers transportation costs for both supply and distribution east and west. NAFTA shippers will profit from the excellent access to north-south rail and highway systems. 


U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 3 serve the immediate area. Interstates 29, 80, 90 and 35 are nearby. US 20, has been improved to a four lane divided highway across Iowa, connects to Chicago and is within 20 minutes. 

Motor Freight

3 intrastate and 6 interstate truck lines serve Cherokee County. UPS, Airborne and Federal Express serve the community on a daily basis. All of the major markets of the U.S. are within hours by truck. Local warehousing and just-in-time delivery services are available. Local transportation companies include J & N Transport in Marcus and Louks Trucking in Cherokee. 

Proximity To Markets

Des Moines180
Kansas City302
St. Louis488


Cherokee County is served by the Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad, providing direct routes to the West Coast and Texas-Louisiana shipping ports. An extendable rail spur is available to those businesses in the Schoon Industrial Park.  Twice-per-day switching for local customers is available

Air Service

Commercial air service is available at the Sioux City Gateway Airport, 60 miles from Cherokee.

The Cherokee Municipal Airport, a level 2 airport, is home to corporate and personal aircraft. The 4,000-foot concrete runway serves a variety of both jet and prop aircraft. Flight instruction and aircraft rental are available. The Cherokee Flying Club and the Airport Commission sponsor a very successful annual flight breakfast each May averaging more than 1000 people in attendance. For more information contact: Brian Lauck, Airport Manager, at (712) 225-2810.

Water & Inter-Modal Transportation

Both barge and inter-modal facilities are available in Sioux City approximately 50 minutes away.

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