About The Red Rock Area

Knoxville

Home to the sprint car nationals, Knoxville is a town racing with action. Whether you take in a race, drive a go-kart or visit the museum, you’ll experience the racing excitement. Knoxville’s downtown boasts arts events, a unique brewery, restaurants and a majestic courthouse that tells the story of the Iowa flag.

History

The city of Knoxville was established in 1845 when Joseph Robinson and James Montgomery selected the site for the town and designated it as the county seat. The town was named after General Knox who was a Revolutionary War hero. The town was incorporated in 1853 on a vote of 64 to four. The Marion County Fair Association was established in 1854 and the first fair was held in 1859. In 1921, the Iowa General Assembly adopted the design submitted by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Knoxville for the Iowa flag. In 1890, the Industrial Home for the Blind was built. After WWI, the campus was turned over to the Veteran’s Bureau.

Famous Residents

  • Dixie Cornell GebhardtDixie Cornell Gebhardt

    Dixie was the creator of the Iowa flag and active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her design was accepted as the official flag of Iowa in 1921.

  • Edward R. HaysEdward R. Hays

    Mr. Hays was a lawyer in Knoxville who served as U.S. congressman from 1890 to 1891.

  • William M. StoneWilliam M. Stone

    Mr. Stone served as governor of Iowa from 1854-1868. Governor Stone was a friend of President Abraham Lincoln and was at Ford’s Theatre the night President Lincoln was killed.

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