Stanton, IA: is a proud community of around 700 people located seven miles east of Red Oak on Highway 34. Stanton is best known for its Swedish heritage, which can be experienced through the Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center, located in the center of town, and the Swedish Coffeepot Water Tower, known as the largest in the world. In 1997 Stanton was honored as the top tourism community in Iowa (pop. under 5000) because of these attractions.
Stanton is also the home of Viking Lake, a popular state park used for fishing, swimming, camping, boating, picnicking, and hiking.
Stanton Community Schools are located on the north side of Stanton. All grades, K-12, have been in the same complex since 1994, when the elementary addition was completed. Enrollment has been stable in recent years, no doubt a tribute to the quality of education and student life that Stanton students enjoy.
The Swedish Heritage & Cultural Center is the oldest public building in Montgomery County still in use. The building, known as "Old Main" school, now houses a wide variety of historical and cultural items, genealogy records, a gift shop and new exhibits each year. The Crawford Room has a kitchenette and is available for rent. The Center is open from 1-4 pm Wed. through Sat., April through Oct and by appointment throughout the year. Please call 712-829-2840, or 712-829-2411, or 712-829-2501. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
The Swedish Coffeepot water tower stands 125 feet high and can hold 40,000 gallons--640,000 cups. Stanton is also the birth place of Hollywood's Virginia Christine, the "Mrs. Olsen" on Folgers Coffee television commercials. Complementing the Swedish Coffeepot is the Swedish Coffee cup water tower erected in 2000.