Quasqueton - The Oldest Town in the County
Settled in 1842, Quasqueton is the oldest established town in Buchanan County. The town rests on the banks of the scenic Wapsipinicon River, providing great views of the Rock Arch Rapids, a recent reconstruction of the dam area. It has allowed for improved fish passage and has enhanced both the views and opportunities for recreation along the river.
On the west bank of the river sits the Veteran's Memorial Park and Campground. The site has showers, electric and water hookups, shelters, restrooms, handicapped fishing access, and boat ramps. It is a favorite locale for those who love to fish. In town, campers can find a softball field, horseshoe pit, open pavilion, and sand volleyball court, all available to the public.
The east bank is occupied by Quasqueton's downtown. Though it is small, it is one of the liveliest places in the county. Wolfey’s Wapsi Outback, a bar and restaurant known for their pizza, is a great place to enjoy a meal with a view. The venue includes a party room & patio and regularly offer live entertainment.
Across the street is Wee Willy’s Tap, another unique establishment. It features busy pool tables (with frequent tournaments) and an enclosed patio area where they host guest chefs seasonally who post a new menu each week. This is also a busy scene for live entertainment throughout the year.
The Quasqueton Area Historical Society Bank Museum is also in the downtown and boasts three floors of impressive local history exhibits along with a refurbished Texaco station next door. It is open weekend afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day or by appointment.
Not to be overlooked is the K & S Quasky Mart & Deli known for their delicious potato salad. Both a gas station and a convenience store, it can provide visitors with all of the essentials.
Quasky's former elementary school has been converted into Hagers Roasting Company where coffee beans from around the world are roasted onsite. Visitors can come to their spacious coffee shop to enjoy a mug or purchase their specialty roasts by the bag. They also offer local baked goods and Saturday morning breakfasts.
The town hosts a number of well attended events during the summer season. It kicks off with the American Legion Memorial Day parade followed by a community dinner. In August, car buffs gather for the popular Quasqueton Car Club Car Show, usually scheduled in conjunction with the Quasky Historical Society Fish Fry. Brave souls have a "howling ghoul time" at the Quasky Community Club's Haunted House fundraiser in October. The season wraps up with the American Legion Auxiliary Thanksgiving Dinner.
Just north of Quasky on County Road W-35 is In the Country Garden & Gifts, a garden center specializing in hostas and succulents. Even if you are not a hosta lover, be sure to stop to enjoy a stroll through their lush gardens or participate in one of their garden crafts workshops. Just a few miles further north is the entrance to Cedar Rock State Park and the Walter House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday mid-May to mid-October.