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Statistics & Facts

The Iowa state capital is Des Moines.
The population of Spillville is approximately 386 (2000), 367 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 179 (1990), 168 (2010).
The amount of land area in Spillville is 1.037 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Spillville is 0.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Spillville to Washington DC is 871 miles.
The distance to the Iowa state capital is 142 miles. (as the crow flies)
Spillville is positioned 43.20 degrees north of the equator and 91.95 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Spillville median income is $ 32,500 (2000).
The Spillville median home price is $ 61,100 (2000).
Spillville average annual snowfall is 39.7 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 14.4 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 46.5 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 71.9 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 49.5 degrees F.


in northeast Iowa. Nearby communities include Fort Atkinson, Calmar, Ridgeway, Protivin, Waucoma, Decorah, Ossian and Cresco.
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History & History Related Items

Spillville was named for Joseph Spielman (also spelled Spillman) who founded the community. The very first to arrive were German, but they were followed mostly by those from Bohemia and Czechoslovakia. Even today, there is a old world feel to the community.

Anton Dvorak spent time here finishing his famous New World Symphony. The Czech composer came for the summer of 1893, along with his family, to relieve his homesickness for his homeland. For three months, he and his family lived above what is now the Bily Clocks Museum. He spent time among the resident, mostly Czech immigrants, while he worked on his masterpiece. He began some work on his American String Quartett and other of his prominent pieces while here. He also played the St. Wenceslaus Organ at times during the summer. Read this article about his stay in Spillville. Learn more about Dvorak and his life, including the time spent in Spillville.
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Bily Brothers Clock Museum/Antonin Dvorak Exhibit
323 S. Main St.
P.O. Box 258 Spillville, Iowa 52168
Phone: 563-562-3569
Open: 8:30-5 May-Oct.; April and Nov 10-4 weekends, or by appointment.
The Bily (Bee-lee) brothers, Frank and Joseph, began carving wooden clocks here in the cold wintertime. One of their most famous was the American Pioneer Clock depicting 57 events in US history. It is over eight feet tall and weighs more than 500 pounds. They donated their entire collection to the town in 1947 with the stipulation that it would never be sold. Good information on the museum, the Bily brothers and Antonin Dvorak may be found on this page

St. Wenceslaus Church
This historic church and cemetery were built in 1860. The church features the 1876 Pfeffer organ that Dvorak played regularly during the summer of 1893. The church was remodeled in 1956 and then was restored in 1985. The congregation was formed in the 1850's, and the church was named after the patron saint of Bohemia.

Learn more about Spillville at this informative site. A number of nice pictures are available on the page.
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Spillville Libraries

Spillville Public Library
201 Oak, Box 197
Spillville IA 52168
Phone: 563-562-4373 Spillville


The population of Spillville was:
1990 - 387
2000 - 386

Spillville is located in the Central time Zone.

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