Utility & Telecommunication Providers
Water: Shelby Municipal Utilities
Gas: MidAmerican Energy Company
Electricity: Shelby Municipal Utilities
Internet: Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company
Cable: Walnut Telephone Company
Cellular: Cellular One, Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company, and Verizon
Mayor and City Council
City Zoning? Yes
Shelby County Sheriff’s Department
AHST School District (K-12)
Shelby County Catholic Schools (PreK-8)
Shelby is home to over 40 businesses and features several large employers. They include Con-Way Trucking, Midwest Manufacturing/Menards, and REM-Leadway.
See Labor and Business for a full list by category.
Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church, and United Lutheran Church
1997 Hall of Fame member Clyde Williams left a lasting legacy at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Williams was the University of Iowa’s first All-American and quarterbacked the Hawkeye to undefeated seasons in 1899 and 1900. He is a member of the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
As a head football coach at Iowa State University, he was the first to implement the overhand pass and the running punt. Williams tallied a 33-14-2 record before he became ISU’s athletic director in 1913. He started ISU’s basketball program in 1907, coached the Cyclones until 1911, and acquired funds to build an athletic field (later names after him) and gymnasium.
This 76’ steel sculpture, along Shelby’s Interstate 80 exit, symbolizes the importance of agriculture, of the men and women who work the rich land to produce food for the world, and of the pioneers who tamed the corn stalk. The sculpture highlights the major commodities produced by area farmers – corn, beef, and pork. Sculptor Cliff Carlson of Wesley, Iowa was commissioned to design the sculpture.
Carsten’s Farmstead (National Register of Historic Places)
Located near Shelby, it recreates a rural life when threshing, saw milling, baling, and corn chopping were all done without the modern machinery available today. All of the chores performed on a turn of the century farm are recreated in and around the 14 buildings that make up this magnificent farmstead. During the first weekend after Labor Day, the farm is buzzing with activities. The farm is open on weekends during the summer and fall.
Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail
An 1883 report by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad listed only four 30’ arch culvert bridges and the Shelby bridge was one of them. It was the first railroad structure built in Shelby County. Most Iowa railroad bridges were wood or timber, but limestone for the trestle was believed to come from a quarry in Earlham, Iowa, not far from the railroads main line in that area. The 4 mile nature trail crosses over the Stone Arch.
Purple Martin Capital of Iowa
With over fifty martin houses in the community, Shelby established this title. Main street banners boast of the widespread community participation.
Annual event complete with games, rides, entertainment, and refreshments.