Stuart, Iowa


| November/December 1971

  • Diesel Generating Plant
    Stuart, Iowa Diesel Generating Plant built in 1927 when plant was changed from steam to diesel units. Three cylinder 180 horsepower unit in foreground, 2 cylinder 120 horsepower unit in background. Switchboard barely visible in far corner. Supt. D. Cary H
  • Municipal Light Plant
    The interior of Municipal Light Plant taken about 1900. In foreground is the lineshaft driving three small 110 volt direct current generators. Behind the men is the switchboard with volt meters, ammeters, etc. The flywheel and governor of the Harris Corli
  • Municipal Light Plant
    Present Municipal Light Plant in Stuart, Iowa. Picture taken in 1970.
  • New water tower
    A scene in Stuart, Iowa taken about 1910. Pictured are City Hall, Old wooden water tower, Fire Department, Municipal Steam Light Plant and the New water tower.
  • Diesel unit
    The diesel unit that was removed to make room for the larger unit in Stuart, Iowa Municipal Light Plant in 1969.
  • Diesel engine-generator
    The 10 cylinder opposed piston, 1,130 KW. Diesel engine-generator and is the last unit installed in the Light Plant, in 1970.

  • Diesel Generating Plant
  • Municipal Light Plant
  • Municipal Light Plant
  • New water tower
  • Diesel unit
  • Diesel engine-generator

Stuart, Iowa 50250.

It's Centennial Celebration

Municipal Light Plant

On August 7, 8, and 9, 1970 the Town of Stuart, Iowa celebrated its centennial year. About 1850 a small group of Quaker immigrants from Indiana and Ohio settled on a wooded ridge about 40 miles west of Des Moines, Iowa. Others came. They built a meeting house and named the site Summit Grove.



As the Rock Island Railroad extended its lines westward Captain Charles Stuart and A. L. McPherson bought land around Summit Grove in 1868 and laid it out in town lots. The plat was recorded in the Adair and Guthrie county seats in 1870. The town was given the name of Stuart. Stuart became a division point on the railroad and grew rapidly until the railroad shops were removed in 1897.

In 1889 a group of citizens petitioned the city council to have a municipal light plant built. An election which carried by about seven to one for the plant was held on July 26, 1890. On October 11, 1890 the Hawkeye Electric Mfg. Co. of Davenport, Iowa was given the contract to build the plant and distribution system at a cost of $9,126.00.