Junction is well known for its authentic Hispanic culture.
Immigrants from Mexico began coming to the area in the early
1900’s to work on the railroad. Following that era, migrant farm
jobs were the big draw. Currently the attraction is most likely
to be employment at the Tyson plant just outside of the city.
Some of the
descendants of those early immigrants stayed in the area, now
marking four or five generations in the United States. They are
accompanied by many Hispanic families that came to Columbus
Junction in the 80’s and 90’s, and others that continue to
arrive today. In many cases the latter are relatives of earlier
arrivals who encourage their family members to come where there
are jobs, nice houses, good schools and a safe community.
community in Columbus Junction is predominantly of Mexican
descent with most states and certainly all regions of Mexico
represented. However, the diversity in Columbus Junction is
itself very diverse. Guatemala, Honduras, el Salvador, Dominican
Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba are among the home countries of
our residents. To make things even a little more interesting,
many of the Hispanic residents of Columbus Junction come to our
small city after living in Los Angeles, Chicago or New York
One of the
best places to explore Hispanic Culture is in downtown Columbus
Junction. Nearly one third of our businesses are Latino-owned.
The tacos are delicious, the Quinceañera dresses are beautiful
and fresh mangos, avocados and jalapenos are always available.
Shopping Hispanic style can be a little different—you won’t
necessarily get a check at the restaurant, it might be waiting
for you at the register; at the bakery you’re handed the tray
and tongs because the display case doors open on the customer’s
side for you to serve yourself and the business owner’s children
or grandchildren might be there after school working on
experience Hispanic immigrant culture in Columbus Junction. The
Community Development Center staff is happy to work with bus
groups, clubs and classrooms to make it a more fun and
interesting experience. We can arrange guided tours, catered
meals and even live music, please call or email.