Communities of Greene County - Scranton

Home to 557 residents and the oldest working water tower in Iowa, Scranton is located along Highway 30 in west central Iowa, nestled in the North Raccoon River Valley of Greene County. This one time frontier town still operates as a thriving, friendly community where old-fashioned values prevail and where you will find an emphasis on the simple, peaceful things in life.

The Scranton community supports its own public library with a great selection of books, periodicals and movies. It also has several computers with internet access for patrons.

Scranton has its own fire department and rescue unit. There is a congregate meal site in town which also serves morning coffee and donuts and a Community Center, complete with recreation and education opportunities.

There are two churches in Scranton – Church of Christ and United Methodist, 

Scranton boasts of its own "Lost Lagoon" located on the southwest corner of town where there is a pond for fishing and an amphitheater. Pathways allow walking throughout the small park. There is also the Scranton City Park, located on the west side of town, right off Highway 25, and just north of the overpass. Visitors will find a shelter house with electricity, and a playground. The third park in Scranton is Gazebo Park, located in the business district at 1107 Main.

The Scranton Betterment Committee is an active participant in many Scranton functions. It works diligently throughout the year to raise funds to help many Scranton projects. Events are organized and planned by the group and supported by the entire Scranton community. The Scranton Betterment Committee donates funds raised back to the community.

Perhaps Scranton's real claim to fame is their historic water tower - it's the oldest water tower still in service in Iowa, and is tied for 9th oldest water tower still in service in the United States. It was in 1897 when Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel designed and built their first steel elevated water tank. The Scranton water works system paid $4,026 to Jackson & Moss of Des Moines for the tank and its installation. The tank has a capacity of 48,0000 gallons and stands 148' high.

The water tower is a real landmark treasure in Scranton, but in 1897, it was a controversial installation. Today, when visitors come to Scranton, they'll find a whole lot of friendly people and one water tower – still standing very close to City Hall.

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