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Vinton, the county seat of Benton County, has been known by the various names of Northport, Fremont and Vinton. A portion of the town site, then known as Northport, was selected in 1846 as the seat of justice by the Commissioners appointed by the General Assembly of the State for that purpose

The first store opened in 1848, and in 1849 the construction of the courthouse was started, although it was not completed for three years. On  the second Sunday in August, 1850, the first religious service was held in the unfinished courthouse, having neither windows, doors, nor had the floor been laid. The parishioners sat on the floor  beams and dangled their legs.

The growth of Vinton was slow because of the lack of railroad facilities. In 1865 an organization was effected at Cedar Rapids,  called the  Cedar Rapids & St. Paul Railroad Company, which promised to build a railroad through Benton County by way of Vinton. The first train arrived at Vinton December 14, 1869.

Vinton was incorporated as a city of the second class in August, 1869, with James Wood as its first mayor.


Whether you are planning to visit or contemplating making Vinton your home, we extend you a very warm and sincere welcome to our city. We hope you like what you see and will tell others about us.

While in Vinton you'll want to take in our extensive shopping district and relax over a delicious meal at one of our many fine restaurants. Enjoy a  leisurely drive through town where you will find many historical sights, including beautiful homes, businesses, schools and government buildings.

If it's recreation you're looking for, go bowling, swimming or rollerskating, visit one of our many beautiful parks, join us for one of  several  community celebrations or take in the auto races at the Benton County Speedway. Vinton has something for children of all ages!

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