Scott County is one of the first territories settled west of the Mississippi River and the valley where Riverdale lies was considered a prime spot for farmers and others looking to locate near the river in the mid-1800s. In fact, the area was described in the nineteenth century as having a “natural beauty … that once seen, can never be forgotten.”

No wonder it was called “Pleasant Valley.”

In the 1830s, the area saw Scott County’s first distillery, school, grist mill and saw mill. And by January of 1846, the Scott County Board had formalized the boundaries of a community known ever since as the Pleasant Valley Township.

On Monday, January 31, 2022, Mayor Anthony Heddlesten officially proclaimed the day to be Pleasant Valley Township Day in the City of Riverdale, Iowa.

Pleasant Valley Township Day Proclamation – January 31, 2022

Smith’s Island Map of the old Pleasant Valley Township



The Proclamation

Whereas, the City of Riverdale has always resided within portions or all of sections 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, and 35 Pleasant Valley Township, Scott County, Iowa​

Whereas, Willard Barrows, in 1860, described Pleasant Valley Township as “gently sloping bluffs…for several miles, sometimes approaching then receding from the river forming at times landscape views of unsurpassed beauty…one of the most lovely rural scenes on the Upper Mississippi.”

Whereas, in the 1882 book, History of Scott County, Iowa, Pleasant Valley Township is described as “natural beauty of that portion of Scott County…that once seen can never be forgotten.”

Whereas, Pleasant Valley Township was home to the County’s first distillery (1839), first school (1835), first grist-mill (1835), and first saw mill (1835)

Whereas, in the January 1846 Scott County Board meeting the Pleasant Valley Precinct became a formal Township following the lines previously established for Pleasant Valley Precinct.

Therefore, be it resolved, that I, Anthony Heddlesten, Mayor of the City of Riverdale, Iowa, do hereby proclaim January 31, 2022

Pleasant Valley Township Day

and encourage all residents, staff, and visitors to our community to enjoy the unsurpassed and natural beauty that has encompassed our community and all of Pleasant Valley Township for the past 176 years.