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Newton is a city of 15,000 people (2018) in Central Iowa.

Understand[edit]

Newton used to be a company town, hosting the Maytag Corporation's headquarters. Maytag was famous for its high-quality washing machines. In 2007 Whirlpool bought Maytag and promptly closed it down. As a result, Newton has fallen on hard times and was featured in a television documentary about the recession at the end of October 2010. Nevertheless, Newton remains a pleasant place to visit with friendly locals who will be glad of your business.

Newton Convention and Visitors Bureau, 113 1st Avenue West, Newton, Iowa 50208. +1-800-798-0299. [1]

Get in[edit]

Map of Newton (Iowa)

Newton is just off I80-E, 36 miles east of Des Moines. For those without a car, Checkered Flag taxi will take you from Des Moines to Newton for around $70 (641-791-7777).

  • 1 Newton Municipal Airport (TNU IATA). General aviation airport. No scheduled passenger service. Newton Municipal Airport (Iowa) (Q10851618) on Wikidata Newton Municipal Airport (Iowa) on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

The centre of Newton is small enough to walk around.

See[edit]

  • Jasper County Courthouse is an impressive building in the centre of town.
  • Agnes Patterson Memorial Park, 3004 North 4th Avenue East, +1 50208 641 791-7667. Has a small but well-kept botanical garden and arboretum with sculptures and detailed signage. Free.
  • Nearly 90 displays of public art with sculptures and painted murals throughout the community. The Iowa Sculpture Festival Committee sponsors a year-round sculpture and mural tour.
  • The Centre for Arts and Artists has 10 resident artist studios, a clay and kiln room, a therapeutic art room for children, a classroom, and an extensive art collection.
  • The Valle Drive-in is the oldest of the four drive-in theaters still in operation in Iowa, having opened in 1948.
  • The Capitol II Theater is located in the historic downtown district of Newton and has been in operation since April 1927.

Do[edit]

  • The Iowa Speedway will suit petrolheads. It is a 7/8-mile racing track purchased by NASCAR in 2014. It is the only short track owned by NASCAR west of the Mississippi River. The track hosts a series of races throughout the summer, including NASCAR Xfinity Series races, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, and IndyCar Series races.
  • Newton Fest is an annual celebration of the arts, food, music, and history.
  • The Iowa Sculpture Festival is an annual event hosted in Newton which began in 2002. The weekend-long event features local and internationally accomplished artists.

Buy[edit]

Maytag blue cheese is the local speciality.

Eat[edit]

There are no notable eateries in Newton but major fast food chains are represented. Panda Garden on the main square does a cheap (under US$10) buffet.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Holiday Inn Express is in the centre of town next to the former HQ of the Maytag Corporation (now owned by a telecoms company). Reliable chain fare with clean comfortable rooms. 208 W 4th St N, +1 877-859-5095.

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Go next[edit]

Des Moines is about 40 minutes away on 80 West.

Routes through Newton
Des MoinesAnkeny  W I-80.svg E  GrinnellDavenport
Des Moines ← Altoona ←  W US 6.svg E  GrinnellDavenport



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