Kirkman, IA

Established in 1880 • population 76


    In Shelby County on county road F32 just four miles east of Highway 59. The topography consists of rolling hills and abundant farmsteads.

Utility & Telecommunication providers   Water: Shelby County Regional Water

    Gas: Privately owned

    Electricity: MidAmerican Energy Company.

    Phone Service: Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Co. serves a 580 square mile area in West Central Iowa including Kirkman. Paging, voice mail, cellular along with 100% digitally switched calling is provided. FMTC also offers free custom calling features such as  call forwarding, call waiting, speed dialing, three‑way calling and equal access for all long distance calling.

    Internet Service: Farmers Mutual provides 56kbs & DSL from 128 kps to 8 mbs.

    Cable Service: Farmers Mutual provides 38 channels.

    Cellular Service: Cellular One, Verizon & FMCTC wireless

Municipal Services

    Council/Mayor government: mayor/council

    Comprehensive city plan: no

    City zoning ordinance in effect: no

    County zoning ordinance in effect: yes

    Subdivision ordinance with design standards in effect:

    Number of volunteer fire department personnel: 10

    Fire insurance class in city: 9

    Fire insurance class outside city: 10

    Police protection: Shelby County Sheriff’s Department

    Industrial waste pickup service: yes

    Percentage of city streets hard surfaced 100%


    The Irwin‑Kirkman‑Manilla School System - is comprised of two campuses, Manilla, eight miles to the north, houses the early childhood center and grades 9‑12, while Irwin has the preschool attendance center and grades 2‑8. The school system regularly sends students to state competitions in band, speech, track, football, basketball, wrestling, and softball. There are active booster organizations for both music and athletics. For more information see the Quality of Life tab in your resource guide.

Business & Industry - Beer Barn, Kienast Plumbing, A & E Electric, JP Electric and Plumb & Sons.

Churches - Kirkman United Methodist Church


    Founded in 1880, the coming of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad laid the foundation for the City of Kirkman.  Kirkman's growth can be attributed to its development as a terminal for the Carroll branch of the Northwestern railroad, with Kirkman as the hub for a connecting branch rail to Harlan.



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