Garnavillo is located on the southeast corner of an
area known as the Garnavillo Prairie. It has been compared to the richest
farm ground in Iowa and the country. The town has been dubbed "The Gem of
the Prairie" because of the aforementioned richness of its soil.
Garnavillo has become a community of mixed
nationalities: English, German, Irish, Scotch, Scandinavian and Hispanics.
It has evolved as one unified citizenry. This town has long been known for
its welcoming attitude and work ethic. Garnavillo is proud of its united
civic support that has allowed this little community to thrive.
Garnavillo has carried the name Garnavillo for
over 140 years. Its name is composed of two Latin words, "Garna" which
means embellished, decorated, showy, beautiful; and "Villa", meaning village.
Hopefully we and future generations will keep and conduct the community in a
manner so as to be deserving of the implications of our name.
We are the home of Long Lasting Farm Equipment (Double
L), Guttenberg Industries (Injection Molding), Garnavillo Mill, Inc. (Feed
Manufacturing), The Garnavillo Savings Bank (founded in 1904), and many others.
Garnavillo is a community that is proud of its past and welcomes the future and
Garnavillo's mission is "To create a safe and
pleasant atmosphere that promotes great family life and encourages the business
community to grow their expertise."