Larrabee, Iowa - "Where Town & Country Unite."


County Seat
Cherokee County Courthouse
520 West Main
Cherokee, IA 51012

City of Larrabee
P.O. Box 122
Larrabee, IA 51029

   Incorporated in 1887, Larrabee was named after the 13th governor of Iowa, William Larrabee.  William Larrabee was born in 1832 in Connecticut to French Hugenot immigrants who went by the name d'Larrabee.  Larrabee came to Iowa in 1853 and later became involved with politics serving in the Iowa Senate before being elected governor. This small community of 132 people was recognized by the state as a municipality one year after William Larrabee's inauguration.

   The local community has reshaped its future with a new community center and the addition of a feed mill. 

   Larrabee is included within the Cherokee Public School District with all grade levels located 8 miles south of town in Cherokee (the county seat).  Larrabee is also within the Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) region.  A newer WITCC campus is located in Cherokee where associates degrees and 2-year programs are offered.

   Larrabee has a mayor/city council city government with five (5) City Council Members who are elected to four (4)-year terms.  The Mayor is elected to a two (2)-year term.  The City Council meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Larrabee Community Center.

   Telephone Service is served by C-M-L Telephone Company, an Independent Telephone Company located in Meriden.  Resident of Larrabee receive their water from Cherokee County Rural Water System (712-225-6193).  The City of Larrabee supplies sewer services, garbage pickup, and cable television service. 

   Larrabee Fun Day has been celebrated for many years on the first Saturday of August.  Family entertainment is the emphasis of this annual celebration.

   Larrabee United Methodist Church offers services every Sunday.  Other Christian denominations are served by a large number of congregations located in Cherokee or other nearby communities.

   Previously being Weimer's Tavern until the early 1990's, the Larrabee Community Center holds events and activities for both the young and old.  The Boy Scouts, several 4-H Clubs, the Larrabee Leisure Club, Town & Country Boosters, and the Summer Reading Program are a few organizations/groups who rent the Community Center.  Weekly gatherings and special occasions, such as senior citizen groups, graduations, and wedding receptions, are popular events held at the Community enter.

   The First Cooperative Association Feed Mill first opened in March of 1999.  This $4 million installation that is capable of producing 120,000 tons of feed per year, is a joint effort between the FCA, CAEDC and the city of Larrabee.  Their combined efforts to making this a high priority has made a real boost to the area.

Larrabee's City Park is located adjacent to the Larrabee Community Center.  Picnic tables, outdoor grills, a shelter, and playground equipment are available to all in the City Park.