Our Town: Kingsley
By Bob Davis, Century21 ProLink. Photos by Todd Beelner, Kingsley City Council Member-Elect.
You’ll have to get up and going mighty early to spend a full day in my favorite town, Kingsley, Iowa (population 1426). Beautiful Kingsley is one of the two cities in Plymouth County that is increasing in population according to the 2010 census. Come spend a fun summer day at our golf course, city park, tennis courts, swimming pool, library and athletic fields with all-weather track, ball diamonds and paved walking trail.
Kingsley is a full service town with a grocery store, hardware store, lumber yard, and many construction companies. We have a complete range of healthcare services, including Mercy Medical Center, an optometrist, dentist, chiropractor and a massage therapist. Our town is so convenient, as all of these business and many more are within 1 block of the flag pole at Main Street and Second Street.
Kingsley is special because it was moved one mile from the original town of Quorn in 1883 by horse and wagons and skids to its present site to be near the new railroad. It was one of the first towns of its size in Iowa to have paved streets with curbs & gutters and electric lights on every corner. Today, the community boasts numerous Century Farms with a lot of beautiful acreages and historic older homes mixed with new ongoing building and subdivisions.
Through the year, Kingsley has many community events to keep residents and visitors busy. These include an annual Easter Egg Hunt, Memorial Day Service, Golf Tournaments, Augustfest, Trunk or Treat, and our Hometown Christmas event. We host many visitors during the year for youth baseball, softball, football, and other sports events. Kingsley is a community that supports our youth!
With so much to see and do, you will work up an appetite in Kingsley and our community has a number of places to get a bite to eat. Stop by Pronto for breakfast, lunch and supper with pizza, chicken, daily lunch specials & hot grab and go food. They also have gas & propane tanks, and some grocery items. Scootchs’ Bar & Grill has been in business since 1951 w/daily farmers lunch specials, Monday night Mexican food, a delicious Friday night fish fry, Saturday hot dogs from 10:30 to 1:00pm and occasional Saturday Night Prime Rib. Scootch’s is also a good place to catch up on the town news with the good ol’ boys and gals!
If it’s a sweet treat you’re after, JoJo’s Coffee has pie and pastries, soup & great sandwiches. I also like to stop by Dooskeys located east of Brookside Golf Course, as they have a full lunch & dinner menu and a nice lunch buffet on Thursday.
Kingsley has many service organizations that provide great benefits to our community. We are glad to have the Kingsley Chamber of Commerce, Community Action Club, Federated Garden Club, Masonic Lodge, Kingsley Patriots 4H Club, Kingsley Knowners 4-H Club, American Legion Nash Post #140 , Questors, The Dwelling Teen Center, and Club Scout Pack 183 help make our town a great place to live and work. I invite you to come see us and spend the day in beautiful Kingsley, Iowa!
About The Author
Robert E (Bob) Davis is a longtime REALTOR, and Broker Associate with Century 21 ProLink. Originally licensed in Colorado in 1971 with a brief retirement (which didn’t work!), Bob loves helping connect buyers and sellers in today’s real estate market.
Bob is an active member of the Kingsley Chamber of Commerce and has served his community in a variety of organizations through the years.