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Laurens, IA - The Busiest Little Town in Iowa

Laurens, located in northwest Pocahontas County Iowa, was officially platted and dedicated December 24, 1881.  According to the 2010 census, we are home to 1258 people. Due to all of our industries here in Laurens, we are known as the the "Busiest Little Town in Iowa." We think you will agree.

Laurens was the home of Alvin Straight, a 73-year-old man famous for traveling 240 miles on a lawnmower. His story was made into the film The Straight Story (1999), starring Richard Farnsworth (Nominated for Oscar) and Sissy Spacek; the film was partly made in Laurens. 

Laurens, France, became a sister city, to Laurens, Iowa during the preparations for the 2007 quasquicentennial (125th anniversary).

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