About Ogden

About Ogden

Ogden is an attractive and friendly community of 2,044 people nestled in the heart of Iowa. Just 25 miles from Ames and 45 miles from Des Moines, Ogden residents can easily travel to big city amenities and come home to a small town where neighbors are friends.

Rich History
Ogden celebrates its rich history and works to maintain its small-town values. The town was laid out by the railroad in 1866 and Ogden’s main street was part of the famous Lincoln Highway; the first highway to cross the continent from New York City to San Francisco. Today, Ogden’s downtown has the look and feel of those early days and offers goods and services to antique buffs and modern shoppers.

Moving Forward
Ogden seeks out opportunities to grow, prosper and move forward. The local economic development group, Ogden Legacy, is working to help local businesses expand and grow. Ogden Legacy also sponsors great promotions like Ogden Fun Days, City-Wide Garage Sales, Oktoberfest and the Christmas Celebration.

Local Amenities
Ogden offers many amenities such as affordable housing, a vital business district, local utility and telephone services and the security of a small town. The community is extremely proud of its modern and up-to-date schools, including Howe Elementary School and Ogden Middle/High School. The City of Ogden provides modern services too, with an attractive City Hall, a well-equipped Fire Department and a well-appointed Library. The City also provides the beautiful and spacious Leonard A. Good Community Center for corporate meetings, reunions and wedding receptions.

Area Recreational Opportunities
Ogden is blessed with many scenic recreational opportunities. In town, area residents enjoy city parks with a band stand, shelters, children’s play equipment and basketball courts. They can also enjoy a recreational trail that connects the city parks to the Community Center and the Ogden High School, meandering through a prairie wildflower area. Outside of town, area residents can enjoy a beautiful lake, modern campgrounds, and a challenging golf course at Don Williams Recreation Area. Also near Ogden is Seven Oaks Recreation Center, offering skiing in the winter, a “Gladiator Assault Challenge” in the spring and hiking and canoeing in the summer and fall. A short drive will take travelers to the Hickory Grove School Museum, the Battin Chapel and a collection of historic bridges including the Humpback Bridge, the Wagon Bridge and the Kate Shel­ley High Bridge.

Contact Us!
Ogden is proud of its small town and welcomes you to visit us soon! For more information, contact Ogden City Hall at cityofogden@netins.net or 515-275-2917.