Shelby County - A place to call home. Eleven cities ... one community.
lIRWIN was platted on June 6, 1881, on the banks of the Nishnabotna River. It was an important station on the Kirkman (southwest) branch of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, and was named after E. W. Irwin, whose family were among the first people who settled in the northeastern part of the county. The place was first known as Tibbettsville, in honor of William Tibbetts, when a post-office was established there in 1879.
Utility & Telecommunications
Community & Tourists Attractions
Water: City of Irwin
Gas: MidAmerican Energy Company
Electricity: MidAmerican Energy Company
Phone: Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company
Internet: Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company
Cable: Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company
Cellular: Cellular One, Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company, and Verizon
Recycing: Contact your local hauling service. List of what is eligible for recycle.
Mayor & City Council
City Zoning? Yes
Shelby County Sheriff’s Department
Irwin/Kirkman/Manilla (IKM)-Manning Community Schools (K-12)
The Irwin‑Kirkman‑Manilla School System - is comprised of two campuses. Manilla, eight miles to the north, houses the early childhood center and grades 9‑12, while Irwin has the preschool attendance center and grades 2‑8. The school system regularly sends students to state competitions in band, speech, track, football, basketball, wrestling, and softball. There are active booster organizations for both music and athletics.
Lied Irwin Public Library
Irwin is home to over 20 businesses. Some of the top businesses are Farm Service Cooperative of Irwin, Robinson Implement Inc., Shelby County State Bank branch office, headquarters for Richards Enterprises, O’Hara’s Steakhouse, Irwin's Locker & Catering, auto shops, convenience/country store, and a beauty shop.
Church of Christ, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and United Methodist Church
Community & Tourists Attractions
Sponsors a reunion every five years.
A 14-room museum sponsored by the Irwin Historical Society.
Aberdeen Angus Hall of Famer
Earl Marshall was one of the all-time great bulls of the breed, born on September 4, 1912, on the W.A. McHenry Farm in Denison, IA. Susequently, McHenry sold his herd to Earl Ryan (of Irwin) and Charles Escher, Jr. (of Botna) in 1916. Earl Marshall's son, Blackcap Revolution, traveled as an International Grand Champ spreading the pedigree. At the present time, the American Angus Association, since its origin in 1883, has registered 16,832,114 animals in the herd book, 15,040,919 have Earl Marshall in their pedigree. Over the last ten years, 3,072,429 have been registered and all but 964 have Earl Marshall in their pedigree. Earl Marshall spent most of his life in Shelby County and died July 2, 1928. Read America's Most Wanted Bull for more information. A Listing of International Grand Champion Aberdeen Angus Bulls from 1903-2011 can be found here starting on page 12.
The Board of Directors of the American Angus Association established in 1983 the Angus Heritage Foundation. The sole purpose of the foundation is to identify and appropriately honor the people who have made major contributions to the improvement and advancement of Angus in the United States. Out of 194 inductees ... President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 2009 and our very own Earl Ryan (of Irwin) and Charles Escher, Jr. (of Botna) in 1983.
Greenridge Steam & Gas Antique Show
Held annually in mid-September featuring two days of working agricultural exhibits, old-time music, flea market, and food.
Hunters come from all over the U. S. to hunt pheasant and deer.
Irwin City Park
Features picnic facilities with shelter house, sand volleyball court, ball field, playground, and concession stand.
Irwin Community Building
Used regularly for meetings, auctions, receptions, and other community events. The facility annually hosts over 100 events.