Residents in Henry County, Iowa will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine today. The county health department will be holding a walk-in vaccination clinic for anyone who wants that vaccine, and those who are 18 years of age and older.

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Officials from Henry, IA County Public Health announced on Wednesday via social media that they will be hosting a walk-in vaccine clinic today. According to the social media post, the walk-in vaccine clinic will be today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The walk-in vaccine clinic will be held at Iowa Wesleyan University in the student activity center/gym.

Henry County Public Health officials say that they will have both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available. The vaccines will be available for anyone that is 18-years-old and older.

For those that want to walk-in and get the vaccine today through the Henry County Public Health department does not need to bring an insurance card. Officials say that getting the vaccine will be free.

In the social media post, Henry County Public Health officials said,

"Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will not only protect you but help stop the spread of the pandemic and help us get back to normal!"

More details about the walk-in vaccination clinic today at Iowa Wesleyan University can be found on the Henry County Public Health official Facebook page.

Henry County Public Health is hosting three more vaccine clinics over the next couple of weeks. Those three events will be held throughout the rest of May.

  • Friday, May 21st 10-11:30am at Calvary Baptist Church (803 E. Maple Leaf Dr., Mt. Pleasant)
  • Wednesday, May 26th 9-11am and 1-6pm at Public Health (106 N. Jackson St., Mt. Pleasant)
  • Thursday, May 27th 9am-1pm at Public Health

Iowa's Island City

There is something unique about every town, but there is really something special about Sabula, IA. Known as "Iowa's Island City," Sabula is the only town in the state of Iowa that is entirely on an island. While not a lot of people have been to, or live in Sabula, it is a quaint little town nestled right on the Mississippi River.

Before we show you around "Iowa's Island City," let me give you the history of Sabula. Sabula was established in 1835, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis. Isaac Dorman and a man named Hinkley crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on what is now Sabula. An Ohio couple, James and Margaret Woods would settle on Sabula about a year later in April of 1836. Their son, Dr. E. A. Woods would purchase Hinkley's interest in the claim. Charles Swan and W. H. Brown would soon purchase Dorman's interest. The three men, Woods, Swan and Brown later had the land plotted in 1837.

The idea behind plotting the land was because there was no town between Lyons (north Clinton) and Bellevue. The plot of the new town was recorded in Dubuque as this area was part of Dubuque county at the time, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.

According to Island City Harbor's website, Sabula went through a few names before landing on the official town name. In 1837, Sabula was first called Carrollport. Residents of the town didn't like the name because there was a man's name who was Carroll who had a bad reputation. The town changed its name to Charleston, after early settler Charles Swan. The only issue was that there was already a town called Charleston in Iowa which caused much confusion.

In 1846 the settler’s decided to find a name. Island City Harbor's website says that because of it’s sandy soil, William Hubble suggested the town be called "Sabulum" which is Latin for sand. A party was being held around the time the town name was being discussed, when a woman, supposed to be Miss Harriet Hudson, suggested the town be called Sabula as it was easier to pronounce and sounded more elegant, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.

Sabula did not actually become an island until 1939. According to Wikipedia, in the 1930's, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed the lock and dam system. In 1939, Lock and Dam No. 13 between Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL was built which caused the bottomlands west of the town permanently flooded. With the Mississippi River east of the town, this created the "Island City." A levee was built around Sabula in 1957 for protection, according to Island City Harbor's website. This also allowed for the south sand pit to be turned into a boat harbor.

I would like to thank my mom Beth, her fiancé Matt, my brother Nolan and my wife Ellie for accompanying me to Sabula. We always have a blast on our trips and this one was no exception.

It's now time to introduce you to Sabula, Iowa, Iowa's Island City.

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