From a Proud Past to a Promising Future

Marne, Iowa’s Home Page

           Cass County                      51552

History of Marne


Marne is located in Brighton township, one of the original 7 townships of Cass County.  On May 17th 1875, investors from a German settlement in Davenport filed papers to plat a new town on land purchased from Thomas Meredith.  It was named Marne in honor of the city of Marne, Germany.  The 1875 census documents the population at 617—we are now at 149 and holding.


The first schoolhouse was built in 1877 in the lot adjacent to the current community room / fire station. It was torn down in 1951 when the current structure at 4th & Washington was completed.  Marne consolidated with Atlantic in 1960—the elementary school was maintained here until 1972. The building is now home to our Community center, City Hall & Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept.

Annual Events:


 January—Chili Cook Off competition


February—Baxter Cycle winter open house


 March—Mason’s Easter Egg Hunt

                 Masonic Lodge soup supper


 May—City wide clean up


 June—Coed softball league

               Steak fry & homemade ice cream contest


 July—Family BBQ & fireworks in the park

             RAGBRAI© pre ride party at the Roadhouse


 August—Baxter Bike Rally


 October—Masonic Lodge Harvest Breakfast


 November—Methodist church turkey supper


 December—Holiday lighting contest - free web hosting. Free hosting with no banners.

Thanks for
visiting !!


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New Park Shelter

Methodist Church

Community Room / Meeting Center   (need a place for your next meeting or family get together ??  Contact the webmaster for community room rental information)

Full Kitchen

Large community room

Text Box: Buck Creek Methodist Church—our country cousin celebrates 150 years !!

Thomas Meredith—named Brighton Township and sold land to the Marne Town Company for the founding of Marne in 1875

Text Box: The community filled the pews for a day of fellowship & fun

Updated Cemetary Entrance