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Fairfield was first settled in 1839, and from that date to the present it has been the seat of Jefferson County. Fairfield has been a university town since the founding of Parsons College in 1875 (the college is now Maharishi International University). The traditional grid of square blocks with a central courthouse square was platted 2 miles northeast of the Cedar River.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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