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Waterloo is a city located in Black Hawk County, United States of America. Waterloo is the county seat of Black Hawk and an important part of the Waterloo - Cedar Falls area, being the most populous, in comparison to the second city. Waterloo was settled in 1845 by George and Mary Melrose Hanna and their children, which moved on the Red Cedar River. After them, the Virdens and the Mullans moved to Waterloo. The city was first named Prairie Rapids Crossing, but Charles Mullan changed it when asking for a post office, that is why since December 29, 1851, Waterloo bears this name. Notable residents of the city include actress Julie Adams, author Allan Carpenter and poker player Joe Pelton.

Top Attractions within Waterloo

Waterloo Center for Arts is an important cultural hub of the city. This attraction includes large galleries and collections which include Haitian art, Mexican folk art, American decorative art and public art items. The center also displays works of famous American artists like Grant Wood or Thomas Hart Benton.

Grout Museum of History and Science is one of the first museums that opened in Waterloo. The museum was moved in 1956 in a new building, raised especially for it and since then, it does not charge any admission fee. This Waterloo attraction is great for families with children and for those who want to learn more about the history of the city and about the main principles of science.

Rensselaer Russel House Museum is a historical building of the city of Waterloo. It is located at 520 West 3rd Street. It was build in 1858 in an Italianate style by Rensselaer and Caroline Russel, who paid 5,878.83 dollars for the construction of their home.

Waterloo Brown Bottle is located in the largest hotel of the city. The restaurant was established in 1972 and it is still the property of the family that opened in. It offers a variate menu consisting of family recipes, but also seafood, poultry and pizza. The food is delicious in this Waterloo restaurant and we recommend you to try Arrosto di Manzo.

5 Things You Must Do in Waterloo

Nestled along the banks of the Cedar River, Waterloo, Iowa, is a growing city of cultural and historic significance.  Settled around 1850, the city was named for the famous Napoleonic battle in which Napoleon was defeated by the British.  Here are the top five things to do in Waterloo:

1. Sit on a brand new tractor at the John Deere factory.  Waterloo is home to the famous John Deere manufacturing company.  Take a tour and see how these tractors are built. Visit their showroom and sit on a new tractor.

2. Play a round of golf at the Beaver Hills Golf Course.  Golf enthusiasts can play up to 18 holes of golf and then enjoy a swim or have a meal at the restaurant, located on the grounds of this lovely golf course.  

3. Go mountain biking at Black Hawk Park.  This scenic park offers mountain biking trails, lush scenery, and many other outdoor activities, including canoeing and boating on its clear blue lake.  This is a great place for outdoor family fun.

4. Take a tour of the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Gardens.  This newly developed garden and arboretum features several different types of gardens for strolling in. Smell the flowers and take along your camera for some lovely shots of the gardens.  

5. Take in drag racing at Cedar Falls Raceway.  Racing fans will love the thrill of drag racing during the warmer months.  This raceway features a quarter mile drag racing strip.  

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