At an elevation of 1072 feet, named for Vice President George Mifflin Dallas and incorporated on March 22, 1880, lies Dallas Center, Iowa. The mayor is Mitch Hambleton and the population was 1,595, according to the 2000 census.
This community of 1600 has a rich heritage in agriculture and hosts companies that lead the world in animal and plant genetics. Dallas Center enjoys a small town quality of life within 20 miles of the greater Des Moines community.
The library, parks, pool and other recreational activities provide opportunities for the residents to unwind. Home to two Dallas Center-Grimes School buildings offering high quality educational opportunities for the K-8 children in great new facilities. The DC-G School system has strong academic, fine arts and sports traditions. Kids Korner, a local daycare and preschool center, has developed a unique partnership with the schools to provide before and after school care in a controlled, fun environment.
The Dallas Center area is also home to to the Brenton Arboretum. Located 2 miles south and 1.2 miles west of town, the Arboretum combines the horticultural study of trees with a commitment to natural landscape management and conservation. With trails that lead over stream bridges, meander through prairie grasses, follow the edge of Homestead Lake and Overlook Pond and will take you among all the trees. Sit a moment on a bench or chair and relax to the quite sounds of nature.
Sources: www.dallascenter.com; www.city-data.com/city/Dallas-Center-Iowa.html; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_Center,_Iowa; www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php? locIndex=7265; www.thebrentonarboretum.org