Osage, the City of Maples, is a growing community of over 3,500 people and 1,600 households. It was founded in the 1850s and got its name from a wealthy investor Mr. Orrin Sage.
You can find Osage on the map about 30 minutes Northeast of Mason City or 30 minutes North-northwest of Charles City. Being a little ways away from some of the larger cities, Osage has become a small regional hub for the smaller towns around it in Mitchell county.
Osage has some larger employers that you wouldn’t expect to find in a small town in Iowa. These range from a bio-sciences company to a sock manufacturer.
Two of the main attractions in Osage are the Cedar River Complex and Watts Theatre. The Cedar River Complex, or CRC, is a recently built community recreation center that includes an aquatic center, an auditorium, a wellness center and events center. You can always find something going on at the CRC.
The Watts Theatre in Osage is an old 1950s theater that was remodeled and reopened in the mid 90s and now shows some of the latest movies from Hollywood.
Osage boasts many restaurants, a grocery store, hardware and lumber yard as well as its own health center with an emergency room. There are a few options for gas plus a hotel to put up family or friends when they come for a visit.
Osage has its own preschool through 12th grade schools. This is nice for parents who want their kids to go to school in one town and not have to be bussed from one city to the next.