Appanoose County was formed by the state's territorial legislature in 1846. It is named in honor of the chief of the Sac and the Fox Indian tribes who sought peace during the Black Hawk War. Appanoose means "a chief when a child." It is in the southern part of the state and is bounded by Monroe, Wapello, Davis, Schuyler, Putnam, and Wayne counties. The present land area is 496 square miles, and the population in 2000 was 13,721. In the early 20th century the county was one of the main coal mining areas of the state. The county seat is Centerville.

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Appanoose County , Iowa - US Census Bureau
Provides population, demographic, and housing information.
Appanoose County Fair
Held in Centerville. Includes calendar of events, booths and consignor information, officers, and contact information.
Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum
Features a walk-in replica of a coal mine, pioneer life exhibits and artifacts. Includes hours of operation and membership details. Located in Centerville.
Appanoose County, Iowa
Presents its history, contacts for offices and departments, FAQs and video presentation.
Appanoose Economic Development Corporation
Private, nonprofit corporation working to attract and establish industries in the county. Includes information about communities, employers and the workforce. Appanoose County, Iowa
Profiles population demographics, jobs, housing, agriculture and crime statistics. Includes a list of recreational areas, churches, cemeteries, post offices, charts, graphs and maps.
Iowa State University Extension - Appanoose County
Offers agricultural, business, family and 4-H programs and resources. Includes staff directory, news, events, hours and directions. Located in Centerville.
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