Sibley was settled in 1872 and incorporated in 1875. Sibley was named after General Henry Hastings Sibley. He was a renowned Indian fighter who became the first territorial governor of Minnesota. He is also the namesake of our high school's mascot, The Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals.
For many years this area of Iowa was considered un-farmable because of the lack of trees. However, when the railroad decided to lay tracks between Sioux City and Minneapolis settlers came and discovered the rich soil. The soil is the backbone to our agricultural community.
When you enter Sibley you will find yourself in a friendly town near the highest point in Iowa, which has an elevation of 1,670 feet. Recently the main street in Sibley was beautifully restored with historical authenticity. The downtown area now says: "Welcome, Enjoy our town", with its cobblestone streets, old-fashioned lamp posts, and decorative flags.
Sibley has a strong agricultural base augmented by its healthy retail community, thriving Industrial base, excellent schools, exceptional medical community, and numerous churches.
City of Sibley Property Incentives:
- Building Permit Fee Refund - available for residential projects indicating a cost of $25,000 or more.
- Housing Demolition Incentive Program - $1,000 available (up to $500 for accessory structure demolition).
- Refund of up to $10,000 on lots purchased from the City of Sibley.
- City lots for sale in Feldkamp Estates in northeast Sibley.