The City of Waukee is recognized as one of the
fastest-growing cities in Iowa and is located in Dallas County—one of the
fastest growing counties in the U.S. Waukee offers a family-friendly
environment featuring quality parks, schools and trails.
Gen. Grant and Major Ragan named the town Shirley, but
when Gen. Reid of the Des Moines Valley Railroad heard about it, he said it
should be changed. As reported in the Daily Register, “The proprietors named it
Shirley, but the ‘powers that be’ in the railroad office in Keokuk insisted
that it should have an Indian appellation, and hence Waukee it had to be. What
Waukee means, we don’t know. For that, you must ask Gen. Reid.”
Ever since its humble beginnings, Waukee residents have
played a key role in the successful growth of the city. Neighbors have helped
neighbors, citizens have worked hard, and leaders have executed carefully laid
plans to position Waukee as an attractive location for both families and
businesses. With its rich history and bright future, Waukee is definitely a
town of which past, current and future residents can be proud to call home.
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