Linn County Home Currently For Sale Was Built Before City Was Founded [PHOTOS]
You're looking at a piece of Linn County history. This home was constructed 25 years before the city it stands in was incorporated, and just 11 years after Linn County was created.
The house above was built by John Neidig, the grandson of a Swiss immigrant who had settled in Pennsylvania. In the late 1840s, John Neidig and his wife Nancy moved to Iowa.
According to 'A Biography of John Neidig', Neidig bought a two-hundred-acre farm near what would become Mount Vernon. In 1850, he built this two-story brick home in Lisbon, which wouldn't become incorporated as a city until 1875. More on that home that's currently for sale in just a moment.
The same year Neidig built the home at 223 W. Main Street in Lisbon, his son-in-law Daniel Runkle and his wife built this home next door, at 227 W. Main Street (photo below). It also is still standing today, though it's not for sale.
While Neidig farmed, Daniel Runkle and John Kurts (Neidig's brother-in-law) ran a farm supply store. Runkle was also a preacher at the United Brethren Church in Lisbon. He would later become a farmer, and eventually got into the hardware business.
It is believed both John Neidig and Daniel Runkle lived in Lisbon until their passing.
*Thank you to Mallory Klindt of Klindt Property Advisors/Keller Williams Legacy Group for providing historical resources for this story.
Now, let's take a deeper look at the home for sale at 223 W. Main St. in Lisbon.
According to Keller Williams Realty Legacy Group, the 2,056 square foot home has 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The listing says, "This beautiful house has been wonderfully preserved and carefully updated throughout the years, so its vintage charm and character are still beautifully showcased. As you step inside the home, you will immediately be met with a sense of history and wonder."
The home, just a block from downtown Lisbon, is priced at $195,000. You can see more photos below. The real estate listing can be found here.