Le Mars, IA
  • 9,794 Population
  • 8.54 Square Miles
  • 581 Businesses

A Fun Fact About
Le Mars, IA

Le Mars is a community with so many unique and historically significant claims to fame that it is hard to designate just one “fun fact”. Named “Le Mars” by six ladies who, in 1879, accompanied railroad builder, John Blair, and his business associates, Lucy, Elizabeth, Mary, Anna, Rebecca, and Sarah were given the task of naming the town, platted by Blair in 1869. After much collaboration, the women settled on a name by arranging the first initials of their first names. In the late 1880’s, Le Mars grew to be known as a top vacation destination in America for the British. Thanks to Le Mars’ English origins, country clubs boasting steeple chasing, golf, cricket and polo fields dotted our landscape. The English were so taken with Le Mars that the town played host to a week-long Golden Jubilee extravaganza in honor of Queen Victoria’s 50th year of reign. In 1887, Le Mars was scene to one of the first riotous acts spurred by the farming crisis during the Great Depression, in which a local judge with a reputation for his judgments on farm foreclosures was “tarred and mudded”. Le Mars was placed under Martial Law and, consequently, in the national spotlight which contributed to the urgency of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s institution of the New Deal. Historical events and local color aside, Le Mars now enjoys the identity of “Ice Cream Capital of the World®”. Officially recognized by the Iowa General Assembly in 1994 as such, Le Mars has always been the home and headquarters to Wells Enterprises, Inc., makers of Blue Bunny® Ice Cream, founded here in 1913. More ice cream (over 1 million gallons per day!) is made in Le Mars, Iowa, by a single company in a single location, than anywhere else on the planet. How sweet is that?