Manning, Iowa

Manning, Iowa
—  City  —
Location of Manning, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°54′31″N 95°3′48″W / 41.90861°N 95.06333°W / 41.90861; -95.06333Coordinates: 41°54′31″N 95°3′48″W / 41.90861°N 95.06333°W / 41.90861; -95.06333
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Carroll
 – Total 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 – Land 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,358 ft (414 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 1,490
 – Density 624.0/sq mi (240.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 51455
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-48945
GNIS feature ID 0458762

Manning is a city in Carroll County, Iowa, United States, along Iowa Highway 141. The population was 1,490 at the 2000 census. It is named for Orlando Harrison Manning, a Lieutenant Governor of Iowa.



Prior to the city's formation, the area of Manning was a swampy region occasionally used by local Native Americans for hunting. There were no nearby rivers and few trees.

The Iowa Southwestern was completed in 1880 and some yards and a depot were constructed at the future location of Manning, in the summer of 1881. In 1881 the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad was also constructing a road across Iowa, south of and parallel to the Northwestern. These railroads intersected at what is now Manning.

In 1969 an unknown saboteur used dynamite to bomb one of the rails and derail the passenger train traveling on the east west Milwaukee railroad line (presently the Burlington Northern) hoping that it would careen into the Nishnabotna river below (fortunately the train came to a safe stop but not until after it derailed). The crime was never solved and no group ever claimed responsibility and no motive for the bombing was ever discovered.[1]


Manning is located at 41°54′31″N 95°3′48″W / 41.90861°N 95.06333°W / 41.90861; -95.06333 (41.908642, -95.063218),[2] along the West Nishnabotna River near its source.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) of it is land and 0.42% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,490 people, 650 households, and 391 families residing in the city. The population density was 624.0 people per square mile (240.7/km²). There were 702 housing units at an average density of 294.0 per square mile (113.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.79% White, 0.20% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 650 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 28.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 83.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,083, and the median income for a family was $43,021. Males had a median income of $28,214 versus $19,432 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,806. About 3.7% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

Notable Sporting Accomplishments

The 1948 boys basketball team won the state of Iowa championship under Coach Bill Steneker. In a game reminiscent of the movie Hoosiers, the small town of Manning defeated the much larger urban school of Davenport by a score of 43-46. Team members were: Jim Farrell, Louis Bohsack, Richard Geith, Robert Koch, Merlin Rostermundt, Royce Rowedder, Danny Peters, Jerry Knaack, Leland Kienast, Willis Lohmeier, Leroy Kienast. The assistant Coach was Bill Andreson.[4]

In 2002 the Manning High School football team won the State of Iowa Class A championship under coach Floyd Forman. Their season record was 12-1, and they won the final game against Fredericksburg (10-3) by a score of 52-0.[5]

The 2009 girls basketball team, now consolidated with IKM schools (Irwin, Kirkman, Manilla), won the State of Iowa Class 2A championship defeating Cascade 50-31. They finished the season with a record of 26-2 under coach Gene Rasmussen.


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  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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