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Our Town

Maxwell is a quaint town located in the center of the State on the Heart of Iowa bike trail. Maxwell offers a small-town life with big city advantages. We are located a mere 30-40 minutes from Ames, Nevada, Ankeny, Altoona, Des Moines and Marshalltown offering easy access to the big city amenities.  Maxwell also has a large variety of businesses located in town. They include a grocery store, convenience store, farm supply/hardware store, hair salon, 3 churches, florist, funeral home, chiropractor, massage therapist, veterinarian, bank, medical clinic, restaurant and bar.

Our School

Our Collins-Maxwell Community School District offers many tremendous opportunities for students.  Our elementary uses PBIS that is dedicated to early academic intervention tools and resources. The preschool has adopted the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards administered by the Iowa Department of Education.  The most fun and exciting addition to the elementary is a therapy dog that joined the school in the fall of 2017. This dog addressed the social/emotional needs of our students.  Our Middle/High school offers many AP classes, 1:1 technology, and averages $80,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors. Our newest

SCALE, a STEM BEST program, is designed to enhance student opportunities with the help of Ames-area business partners. This program will allow our students to work with other districts and develop business/industry mentorships. Click here to view the school website.

Our Attractions

Maxwell is known for its annual "Old Settlers" town celebration. Old Settlers falls on the first full weekend of August each year. Some of the events included in the Old Settlers celebration are: a town parade, truck/tractor pulls, sanctioned rodeo both Friday and Saturday nights, volleyball, slow-pitch softball, wonderful food, a variety of vendors and live music from local bands. 


Maxwell also has one of the best museum's in the state of Iowa.  It contains thousands of historical artifacts. It also contains a Military Shop, School Room, Barber Shop, Post Office, Douglas Law Office and a Printing Shop, just to name a few. Click here to view the museum's website.


Maxwell is also the home to the "Story County Freedom Rock" painted by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen. The front of this rock is dedicated to the 16th Special Ops Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunship, call sign "Spirit 03".  On the north side of the rock is a soldier's cross with a Blackhawk Helicopter in the background. On the back side of the rock is an older Veteran saluting a line of flags before he boards his Honor/Freedom Flight.  The eagle on the rock holds a gold and blue star in his talons symbolizing the Gold Star and Blue Star families. Like many of the Freedom Rocks, Old Glory is draped over the top. 

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