Turning right onto what is known in the area as the “Quasky Diagonal”, and south east of Independence, sits the country town of Quasqueton. It is the oldest town in Buchanan County (1842) and was named by the Native Americans as “Quasquetuk”. One of its claims to fame is the house known as Cedar Rock built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Farther south is what was used to be Quasqueton Dam and has now been turned into rock arch rapids.
For avid outdoorsmen the wildlife along the Wapsipinicon River is varied and exciting. Great blue herons and kingfishers have been known to accompany paddlers as they float downstream in their canoes. Some of the best fishing in Iowa is along the Wapsipinicon River flowing through the little town, as it is stocked with walleye, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and channel catfish.
The town is mostly made up of cottage industry and farming. There are several local sites to camp, fish, and canoe. One feature attraction is the October fall colors trip where oak, silver maple, and willow abound. Lush trees and country roads surrounding the town of Quasqueton beckon to anyone who yearns for a life in the country.
MLS listings for this area are usually single-family homes, rentals, and land sales. The area is a prime location for buyers wanting small town life or seclusion. Well within commuting distance of shopping and entertainment, Quasqueton is sixteen minutes southeast from Independence, 39 minutes north of Cedar Rapids, and 38 minutes east of Waterloo.