Sheffield is a village in western Bureau County and was founded by Joseph E. Sheffield and Henry Farnham in 1852. Sheffield and Farnham constructed the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad, and the town site was intended as a coaling station for trains. According to Farnham, he and Sheffield flipped a coin to see for whom the town would be named.
While Sheffield used to be a mecca of activity before the area became much more mobile, the village has recently seen a resurgence of business in the area. The small town of less than 1,000 people boasts three restaurants, a hardware store, a pharmacy, a grocery store, bars/taverns, a bed and breakfast, a barber, hair salons, a woodworking shop, a vehicle repair shop, a second-hand store, an appliance store, a doctor, antique shops, a Christian radio station and more.
Churches still play a large part in area activities in Sheffield, including St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the First United Church of Christ and the First United Methodist Church. The churches often work together on various activities.
The town boasts two lovely parks within the city limits — one which just had new playground equipment installed a short time ago. Veterans School Park is also home to the village’s Avenue of the Flags. Nearby, nature enthusiasts can also visit the Mautino State Fish and Wildlife Area and the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park.
The village’s library is a Carnegie Library, and it celebrated its 100-year anniversary a few years ago.
The Sheffield Historical Society, which is located just across the street from the historic Danish Lutheran Church, is a great place to research the town’s history from years gone by. The Danish Lutheran Church still holds a service during the holidays.
Sheffield is part of the Bureau Valley School District, however, there is no school in Sheffield.
Sheffield by the numbers
Median household income: $40,673.
Individuals below poverty level: 11.6 percent.
Educational attainment: 87.9 percent with a high school diploma or higher.
Median housing value: $74,700.
Total housing units: 433.
Male median income: $27,468.
Female median income: $16,992.
Area in square miles: 0.71.
Source: 2015 Census estimates.