The city of Whitten, Iowa, is located in Hardin County in central Iowa. This city is fairly small, covering a land area of only 0.54 square miles and having a population of around 150. The city of Whitten was first settled around 1880 when C.C. Whitten, an official for the Northwestern Railway System, came to the area. By 1882, the town had been incorporated and its population had risen to 350. Over the years, Whitten grew to include a church, several schools, three general stores, a blacksmith shop, a restaurant, and a bank. During the early 20th century, however, several fires destroyed much of the city and very little was rebuilt. Today, Whitten is still struggling to survive but it is nonetheless a place worth visiting.
The city of Whitten and the greater Hardin County area is rich with local Iowa history. Hardin County is home to 33 locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Another interesting tidbit about the town is that part of the 1996 film “Twister” was filmed just outside Whitten – the scene in which the two main characters strap themselves down inside a pump-house during a tornado was filmed in an old farmhouse in Whitten.