Waterloo, IA 50701
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Waterloo is the
county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa,
United States. As of the 2000 census, the
city had a total population of 68,747. It
was the home of the five Sullivan brothers,
who were killed during World War II. It is
the location of the Tractor Assembly
Division & Product Engineering Center of
Deere & Company. Waterloo is also the former
location of Rath Packing. Due to its history
of meatpacking the city is home to the
National Cattle Congress.
Although located in the Midwest, which is
historically and predominantly white,
Waterloo and its industries have attracted a
diverse population that often reflects
national trends. African-Americans were
first drawn to Waterloo because of the many
entry-level jobs that were then available in
meatpacking and other industries located in
the city. In the 1990's, Bosnian war
refugees were resettled in Waterloo by the
federal government, and during the same
decade a new IBP packing plant attracted
hundreds of Hispanics.
This diversity of races has generally worked
well, but Waterloo has experienced its share
of racial tension and hostility. Early on,
African-Americans settled on only the "East"
side (geographically and more accurately
north-northeast, but the term has become
locally fixed), while Caucasians populated
both the "East" and the "West" sides.
Through the 1970s and 1980s the "East" side
stagnated and the "West" side prospered,
leaving a racially divided city. This clear
division of the city magnified the awareness
of differences and the need for fairness.
Waterloo was one of the very few communities
to have two Carnegie-endowed libraries: one
on the East side and one on the West.
The clear division of the city also
contributed to the natural but sometimes
fractious competition between East High
School and West High School. Then, when
Central High School was built, its location
on the "West" (and it was truly on the west
side of the city) aggravated the perception
of racism within the city. In time, however,
the racial tension become more a matter of
economics as the East side experienced an
enduring upswing in poor Caucasians and
major business, including Rath, closed
leaving hundreds of people unemployed.
Waterloo is home of the Waterloo Blackhawks,
a team in the United States Hockey League
which plays in Young Arena. It is also the
home of the Waterloo Bucks, a summer
collegiate league baseball team which plays
in the Northwoods League. The team plays at
Waterloo was originally known as "Prairie
Rapids Crossing". The town was built on top
of a Native American village. The town is
now named after Waterloo, Belgium. The
city's primary waterway is the Cedar River.
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