Life in Fayette
Fayette, with a population of 1427, is surrounded by scenic beauty, historical places and recreational areas which include the Volga River winding through the heart of town, Klock's Island Park Campground and Big Rock Country Club Golf Course.
The town of Fayette was platted by Samuel H. Robertson in January 1855. In May of the same year, construction began on College Hall (now Alexander-Dickman), the original building of Upper Iowa University (National Register of Historic Places). Upper Iowa is presently the fastest growing, private, co-educational liberal arts university in Iowa offering Bachelor and Master degree programs. UIU is only one of three universities to offer a three-year bachelor degree program in the United States and the first to do so west of the Mississippi.
Fayette was incorporated in 1874 and the first town council meeting was held April 21 of that year. The City government consists of a mayor and five council members. See the lists of the previous mayors and the previous council members in these PDF documents.
Fayette has been honored with a citation as "Tree City USA" for 16 consecutive years. An active Tree Board has undertaken a program of planting in the parks and city right-of -ways, and providing trees at a discount to citizens wishing to plant on private property in an effort to replace trees damaged or destroyed by storms.
North Fayette Valley Community School district includes an elementary school in West Union, the 5th and 6th grade elementary school in Fayette, the middle school just outside Clermont and Elgin and the high school in West Union. Rainbow Land daycare and preschool facility opened its new facility near the elementary school in 2000.
There are six churches in Fayette: the Grace Lutheran Church, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Fayette Community (Wesleyan) Church, United Methodist Church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, and NE Iowa Abundant Life Christian Fellowship. To further serve the needs of its citizens, Fayette has a Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Service, a post office, a state-of-the-art public library and a modern water and sewer treatment system. Other important needs are met by the medical clinic, a dental clinic and a chiropractic clinic. Nursing home care is provided at Maple Crest Manor.
Fayette is fortunate to have its very own benefactor, David F. Bolger. Mr. Bolger is a well-known businessman from New Jersey who came to Fayette in 1975 on a visit and fell in love with the town and its citizens. Over the ensuing years, Mr. Bolger has made many financial contributions to Fayette to make it a better place to live. Mr. Bolger holds the title of Honorary Mayor of Fayette and is held in high esteem in the hearts of the town's citizens.
In 1999 Fayette celebrated its 125 year anniversary with Volga River Days. The community's traditional Watermelon Day celebration is held the weekend after Labor Day in September, each year. A parade, food vendors, entertainment and many activities are planned.
Fayette has a proud history since its founding. It is symbolic of the small, rural towns where tradition and culture still survive and it will continue to serve future generations as well as it has in the past. At a time when the nation's youth are facing a difficult and dangerous world to live in, Fayette remains a beacon of shelter and safety. Children can go to playgrounds unescorted and feel safe in school. Parents do not have constant worry about drugs, guns and crime because Fayette retains that small-town atmosphere.