Scotch Grove, Iowa

Iowa 38 and County E17


Balster's Implement and Parts Company, Scotch Grove

The red brick building was the offices of the company, one of several buildings that comprised Balster's, and most of Scotch Grove.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in September 2012




Post office dates: Aug. 4, 1851 - November 21, 1997

Scotch Grove was settled by immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland by way of the Red River Settlement near modern-day Winnipeg. The story of hardship and dedication is too long to tell here, but Scotch Grove is testament to the strength and determination of the Scots who settled the area. (There is a link below to an article, first published in 1923, that tells the story.)

Balster's Implement and Parts Company was founded in Scotch Grove in 1874 and the 11 buildings dominate the town. Many of the buildings maintain their original appearance, which gives Scotch Grove an appearance of an early 20th Century town. Balster's went out of business in July 2011 and the assets and buildings were auctioned in September 2011.


Iowa (2,523)
Jones County, Iowa (32)
Populated place (8,933)

Update Log 

  • September 23, 2012: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added description and added photographs.