Although the community of Holden has shown consistent
growth in recent years, it still maintains its small town atmosphere
that continues to attract people to the community.
Holden offers its residents a number of assets that range from award-
winning schools to a stable, but growing business district.
The downtown area, the traditional hub of business activity, continues
to thrive with a wide variety of stores to accommodate the needs of
its residents. In addition to small, locally owned businesses, Holden
is also home to a number of nationally recognized chains as well.
Recent business growth has centered around a relatively new development
on the east edge of Holden. Anchored by Lloyd’s Foods, a modern,
progressive grocery store, the development is also home to several
chain restaurants, a discount store, an insurance agency, two banks,
an attorney and carpet store. The most recent addition occurred with
the opening of Orscheln Farm and Home.
Holden is also home to a number of volunteer organizations that work
toward the betterment of the community. One of the most noticeable
of these is the local Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the typical
duties of a chamber of commerce, the group also sponsored the annual
Fall Fiesta, one of the biggest fairs in the area.
Holden is also home to an Optimist Club, various Beta Sigma Phi Sororities,
school related organizations, the Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign
Wars and Auxiliary, American Legion and countless others who all volunteer
their time toward community improvements.
A prime example of Holden’s ability to work together to bring
about positive change, is the new library building completed from
community donations and a number of fund raising activities.
Holden’s largest employer, ThyssenKrupp Stahl continues to provide
stable manufacturing jobs for area residents and other smaller industries,
such as Master Marble and Holden Embroidery add to the employment
The town is also home to two, strong independent banks, the Farmers
and Commercial Bank and Bank of Holden. Both have expanded their services
into nearby communities in addition to their facilities in Holden.
Holden is also home to a state recognized school system and a nationally
recognized middle school. With the recent completion of the new intermediate
school building, all of Holden’s schools are now housed at the
The community also offers a number of recreational opportunities for
the family. The Holden Sports Association has spent the last several
years developing a new baseball complex north of town to go along
with the city park field to provide ample baseball fields for youth
and adult teams. The Community Activity Center provides two basketball
courts and three volleyball courts for community use and leagues and
tournaments are a common occurrence at the facility, often drawing
large numbers of visitors to the community.
The city park, located on the east edge of town, features a horse
arena, baseball field, shelter houses and playground equipment, a
privately owned swimming pool, and a newly-constructed meeting facility.
Outdoor enthusiasts can also take advantage of Holden’s City
Lake located west of town.