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Rowan, Andrew Summers, 1857-1943, American army officer, b. Monroe co., Va. (now W.Va.). At the outbreak (1898) of the Spanish-American War he was sent to communicate with the Cuban revolutionary leader General García y Iñigues in order to find out the strength of the revolutionary army. His exploit was described in Elbert Hubbard's essay "A Message to Garcia"; Rowan wrote his own account in How I Carried the Message to Garcia (1923). After the war he served in the Philippines and the United States, retiring in 1909.
Rowan is a city in Wright County, Iowa, United States. The population was 218 at the 2000 census.


Rowan is located at (42.740145, -93.551047).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 218 people, 93 households, and 55 families residing in the city. The population density was 387.4 people per square mile (150.3/km²). There were 103 housing units at an average density of 183.1/sq mi (71.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.20% White, 3.21% Native American, 3.67% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.88% of the population.

There were 93 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 17.0% from 45 to 64, and 25.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,000, and the median income for a family was $34,531. Males had a median income of $26,500 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,077. About 5.1% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 12.3% of those sixty five or over.


Head south out of town and follow the curvy road to Bingham Park. It is a little park nestled in the woods, with a winding path leading to the Iowa River. This is the area that was first settled in Wright County and was named “Horse Grove”. It had many businesses that were moved to the Town of Rowan when the Great Western and the Rock Island railroads crossed in the early 1900s.The desired name for the new town was Rowen after the first settler, Robert Rowen. But because of a US Postal regulation that required TWO letter be different from any of town in Iowa and that there already was a Bowen, the spelling was changed to Rowan (with an "A" not an "E").


Rowan is located just off Hwy. 3, just eight miles west of I-35 and ten miles from both Clarion and Belmond. Clarion is the county-seat of Wright County and has a population of 3,000 people. Belmond has 2,400 people.


Rowan recently completed construction of a new building downtown. The building houses the new public library, community center and senior citizens center, and city hall offices. The building had been in the plans for years and was a great stride toward progress for the town. The old Legion Hall was renovated to house Cafe Primo, a new quality Mexican restaurant that brings people from all over the county to eat. The Rowan Lions Club holds the annual Chicken Barbecue at the end of September. The Lions Club also holds pancake meals. In April the American Legion holds the annual Fish Fry. The United Church of Rowan is a combined United Methodist Church and United Church of Christ. The water tower and grain elevator dominate the Rowan skyline. Main Street consists of the new building, Mexican cafe, post office, frame shop, and blacksmith. The grain elevator is merged with the Dows Farmers Coop.

Iowa River Players Multi-Community Theatre

After Rowan Schools merged with Belmond in the 1960s, the old three-story classroom building was demolished but the gymnasium and lower level cafeteria was saved to house a center for community activities. The old school is home to the Iowa River Players which presents about three productions in the building, located on Broadway Street. Iowa River Players is a multi-community theatre that maintas membership with the Clarion Partnership for Growth, Belmond Area Chamber of Commerce, and Dows Commercial Club.


Rowan is in the Belmond-Klemme Community School District. Other area schools include the Clarion-Goldfield/Dows Community Schools and CAL Community School. Belmond-Klemme has an enrollment of about 600 students. Clarion-Goldfield/Dows has 1,100 students. CAL (Latimer) has 300 students. Belmond-Klemme Community School Clarion-Goldfield Community Schools CAL Community School


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