Cedar Falls is located in the east-central part of the state of Iowa and a city in Black Hawk County which sits along the Cedar River. The area was settled in 184 and was named Sturgis Falls, however, it was then renamed after the cedar trees that grow along the river. The town has briefly served as the county seat. Upon the arrival of the railroad, and after the end of the American Civil War, the city’s economy boomed and eventually became the shipping center point for lumber, grain, and livestock. The city’s present-day economy was primarily based on the establishment of the University of Northern Iowa, originally founded as the Iowa State Normal School. The economy then now includes some light manufacturing, and includes farm equipment.
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