1835 David W Walton, first settler in this vicinity, which later becomes Durant.1853 The Mississippi and Missouri Railroad come to Iowa and survey across the northern part of Muscatine county.1854 Benjamin Brayton, a civil engineer for the Rock Island Railroad, comes to the area to negotiate railroad business. Brayton with friends, John Dix and Thomas Durant, change the course of the railroad to go through Cedar County. A town is laid out and platted by Brayton and Mr. Durant donates $800.00 for the erection of a schoolhouse. Brayton names the new town “Durant” in honor of his esteemed friend. Village well dug in June 1854.1855 Durant is recorded as a town June 27, 1855. First building in town erected by James Young, a carpenter, in August. Shortly thereafter the hotel and depot were built.1858 First schoolhouse built in the Spring of 1858.1867 Durant is incorporated on July 5th, Mr. Allen Nesbitt is elected as first Mayor.
We are happy to announce that the Tri CountyHeritage/Genealogy Museum has found a home at 820 5th Street in Durant (next to the post office). The museum hours are Wednesdays from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.If you have items you would liketo donate to the museum, you may contactCharlie Wuestenberg at 785-6090.