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First School in
Black Hawk County


Cedar Falls
13th Street and Waterloo Road

Mrs Jackson Taylor established the first school in Black Hawk County in 1847. Private classes were conducted in a log cabin that stood near this spot.

Mrs. Taylor had six pupils in her school, including two daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Overman. Mrs. Overman later said that she walked to this school with her daughters every morning for fear of Indians. The Winnebago and Pottawatomie tribes were still active in the Cedar River Valley at that time.

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