The historic community of Earlham, Iowa is approximately 30 miles west of Des Moines, just south of Interstate 80, and on the northern edge of Madison County. Our population in the most recent census was 1,450.

Perhaps our greatest claim to fame is Marion Michael Morrison, a.k.a. John Wayne, who lived in Earlham as a boy in the early 1900s. He attended school in the Earlham Academy Building that is now owned by the Earlham Historical Society, and his father, Clyde, owned a pharmacy in Earlham until poor health forced the family to move west.

Today, Earlham is a thriving small town with all the benefits of a peaceful, rural landscape near one of the country’s most desirable cities. Businesses in Earlham provide all the important conveniences of dining, banking, grocery shopping, health care and more, including an excellent school system with a new, state-of-the-art track. The completion of the Bricker-Price Block project, the rehabilitation of a historic two-building complex, gained national attention, and has brought even more amenities to our community.

Then and now, Earlham welcomes all!

Environmental Impact Study on Wastewater Project

A Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) has been issued for the City of Earlham, IA Wastewater Project.  The documentation is available online at  If no objections to the project are received by the end of the 30-day comment period (June 15, 2022), the FNSI will be finalized and the environmental review will be complete.