If you’re longing for a country get-away, peppered with a dash of amenities that you’d find in a big city, that’s exactly what you’ll find in Osage, a community located on the very west edge of bluff country in Mitchell County, Iowa, where industry and recreation coincide at the perfect balance.
Traveling west on Highway 9 in Mitchell County, you’ll come across Osage, where Highway 9 and Highway 218 intersect. Osage, known as the City of Maples, holds its title because of Doctor S.B. Chase who helped line the streets with maple trees like in his hometown of Portland, Maine. Chase would even help those who could not buy trees by giving them trees and helping them with the planting process. The glorious autumn colors of the maples today are annual tribute to this pioneer, his hard work, and his generosity.
What makes Osage unique is that it within the city resides the Sock Monkey sock, manufactured by Fox River Mills, and Watts Theatre, which was listed as one of the top 10 cinemas in USA Today in 2006. Osage is home to the Cedar River Complex (CRC), which includes a wellness center, indoor aquatic center, the Mitchell County Historical Museum, and a 600-seat auditorium. Visitors from great distances are brought to North Iowa to take advantage of what Osage and other surrounding communities have to offer.