FAIRFIELD, 52 m. (780 alt., 6,619 pop.), was so named by its founders because of the natural beauty of the site.

Iowa, A Guide To the Hawkeye State (WPA, 1938)

Fairfield is everything that’s beautiful about small town Iowa – the downtown square with a gazebo, well-loved and well-worn pick-ups corralled in diagonal parking slips. It also happens to be home to the Golden Domes of Pure Knowledge. Their glittering arcs rise to cap the landscape and inside, adherents practice transcendental meditation that they believe reduces violence and crime around the world. Certainly, dusk over at the Dairy Bar is about as peaceful as it comes. 

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Erin Chapman is the co-editor of THE AMERICAN GUIDE.