The Roof Is On Its Way! 

The Vinton Depot is a proud partner of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Site. Their website is:

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     Iowans are “Iowa Nice.”  We’re considerate and respectful.  We’ll throw out a “farmer wave” to anyone who crosses our path and even offer a helping hand to our neighbor as well as a stranger.  We’re Iowans. Together we form a community of Bentonians . . . those who call Benton County, Iowa, home. We share a heritage that has shaped our values and made us who we are today.

     The Benton County Historical Society works hard to provide opportunities to enhance our heritage and values, but we can’t do it alone.  Because of grants and generous donations from people such as yourself we now have the funds to replace the Depot roof! The contract is signed, materials ordered and the work will begin as soon as weather permits in the spring.  We are very excited about this! 

    It’s now time to turn our focus to the general fund, with which we pay our monthly bills to keep all of our buildings and artifacts at a climate control temperature.  There are so many things we would love to do, but the bottom line is that the BCHS Board needs operating income to clean, maintain, advertise, provide programming, organize, sort, budget, etc. . .  BCHS still needs your financial help!  

     We’re a family in this little rural community and those basic roots that sprouted here years ago continue to influence our “Iowa Nice” mentality.  Please contribute generously so we can continue to shape our future by remembering those things that made us who we are today.  Become a member.  Get involved. Make a difference today!

     Together we can continue to mold our future by remembering the values of the hard-working ancestors that forged Benton County.  Thank you for your consideration. Thank you for your donation. Thank you for being apart of our community. And thank you for being “Iowa Nice”!


     Our monthly meeting is the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. Located at the Horridge House at 612 First Avenue, Vinton.  The public is welcome!

    If you have any ideas for future programs, please let us know.


Follow Josh and Katie Hopkins, authors of their newly published book, on a historical haunted tour of the Iowa Corridor, including the Vinton Depot and Ray House!      

Learn about the urban legends and real ghost stories of the many locations they have researched as paranormal investigators.

Sunday, November 17

1:00 pm Ray House,

912 First Avenue, Vinton

Free will donation at the door


Book signing following the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Seating is limited, please got to our Facebook page and reserve your space! You can click on the link above.

   The Benton County Historcal Society is currently raising funds to replace the Vinton Depot roof in addition to the general funds required for the maintenance of all three properties.

          If you would like to help with any of these needs, please consider contributing.  BCHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For your convenience, here are three ways you may donate:   

In person at: 

Regions Bank


Mail to: 


PO Box 22

Vinton, IA 52349


Click on the Donate button above or on the Menu tab

Thank you!

     The Vinton newspapers have been digitized from 1855-2017 due to a collaboration between the BCHS and Vinton Public Library.

    Click on the link below to start exploring! If you have any problems, read the "Help" section on the newspaper site.