*Fayette County, IA Tourism

Fayette County Tourism

Fayette County is located in beautiful Northeast Iowa and offers an abundance of natural resources, recreational opportunities, and unique locally-owned businesses. The county’s small rural communities create the perfect setting to live, work, and play.


Fayette County was founded on December 21, 1837 as a part of Wisconsin Territory. It was named after Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, a French general and politician, who came to America in 1777 in order to fight in the Revolutionary War, and who was named Major General of the Continental Army. The county was formed as part of a large reorganization of Dubuque County, which at that time comprised most of the northern half of Iowa, Minnesota, and parts of the Dakotas. Fayette County was granted the Minnesota and Dakotas territory on that date. It became part of Iowa Territory when it was formed on July 4, 1838. Fayette County’s size was drastically reduced into land that was part of the modern state of Iowa in 1843, then further split in 1847 after Iowa had achieved statehood. The county was organized in 1850. (From WiKi – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_County,_Iowa)

For ideas for your next trip, information about businesses in the County, or questions as you consider moving to the area, contact the Fayette County Economic Development & Tourism Director:

Mallory Hanson
Fayette County Economic Development & Tourism Director
101 N Vine St. West Union, IA 52175

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