Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County and a principal city of Eastern Iowa. It is located along Interstate 80, 112 miles to the east of Des Moines and 25 miles south of Cedar Rapids. Situated on the banks of the Iowa River, this historically important city was the former capital city of Iowa from 1842 to 1857, and is home to a major public state university in the University of Iowa. With a rapidly growing metropolitan population of 115,000, the Iowa City-Coralville metro area's brightest years may be just ahead of it.
Coralville is the largest suburb of Iowa City with a population of nearly 19,000 people. While the roots of the community reach back to the 1870's when the city was officially incorporated, the high population growth is a phenomenon of the past few decades, spurred in part by the fast growth of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the University of Iowa. This community is located immediately to the west of Iowa City, along I-80 and Highway 6. The name of the city is derived from fossils found in the limestone along the edge of the Iowa River containing fossilized coral reef.Originally serving as a mill town on the river, the city was once a notable stop along the Morman Trek westward to Utah.
Today, Coralville is a major commercial center for East Central Iowa with the development of the Coral Ridge Mall (one of Iowa's largest and most modern malls) and the ancillary retail development that comes with the construction of a Super Regional Mall. The city hasfounda renewed interest in urban redevelopment prospects, creating a commercialtown center along Highway 6 anda future regional mixed-use and entertainment destination known as the Iowa River Landing. Other notable attractions include a local Children's Museum and the home to the Iowa Firefighter's Memorial.
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