World Famous Mineral Springs
Why is Colfax, Iowa, known as ‘The Spring City?’
Underneath the ground lies Colfax’s best kept secret, the mineral water! In the 1870s, underground mineral water, which was a cure-all health craze at the time, was discovered in Colfax. The water sparked health resort and bottling industries which made Colfax a world famous destination at the turn of the 20th Century. Thousands of visitors would flock to Colfax to ‘drink the cure’, bathe, and relax. Plain, flavored, and carbonated water was bottled and shipped around the country. While the mineral water industries dried up by the 1920’s, Colfax still strives to celebrate and honor its once famous waters by preserving its past while telling its story to the future generations.
Colfax boasts an eclectic mix of antique and boutique stores, delicious hole-in-the-wall restaurants, two unique local museums, and the gorgeous 480-acre recreational Quarry Springs Park all waiting for you to explore! Colfax is a convenient 25-minute drive east of the Des Moines Metro on Interstate 80.
Living in Colfax
Colfax offers the quiet life of a rural Iowa community but is also still full of character (and some characters)! We’re always looking for great individuals and families to come add to the charm of our unique small city.