Village of Lomax


If you had lived in this village in the southern reaches of Henderson County just after the dawn of the 20th century, you wouldn't have had to wonder what those daring young men in their flying machines looked like. You'd have had a better than average chance of seeing them firsthand. That's because the village of Lomax, platted in 1882, (Love Addition was started in 1912) along the Santa Fe Railroad, was a bustling center of industry with its modern airplane factory.

The airplane factory was originally the broom factory and after the town went bankrupt in 1922, Tannus turned the broom factory into the airplane factory, and at first bought WWI airplanes and refurbished them.  In 1925, they started to build their own models and registered them with the government.

Chances are the Red Baron never vacationed here. But that's the Baron's loss because Lomax knows how to have a good time, and its citizens know how to do it for a good cause. The fire department holds a pancake supper in March; the local Ducks Unlimited chapter, a dinner in April; and the ambulance service a chicken dinner in May. The Nazarene Church hosts a sing-a-thon to benefit Cystic Fibrosis in September as well. But wait. There's more. The community of Lomax takes full advantage of its location in the county as a regular stop along the Henderson County Heritage Trail the last full weekend of each September. Lomax offers a plethora of fun and activities in the form of arts and crafts, historical displays, yard sales, food venders, a parade, and a street dance. Take your pick or enjoy it all.

Points Of Interest

Lookout Point, located along Highway 96 exactly midway between Lomax and Dallas City. Often touted as the highest point in Henderson County, Lookout Point affords a unique glimpse across the Mississippi River to the rich prairie and farmland of southeastern Iowa.

Contact Us

Henderson County Economic Development Corporation
P.O. Box 239

Stronghurst, IL 61480