Last week I made a trip to SW Iowa and a camping expedition to the Loess Hills broke out or was it the other way around. At any rate I was able to visit the old hometown and farm and cross off 8 more towns on the haven’t visited list.
Iowa celebrates antiquity as well as any state in the nation especially when it comes to its agricultural roots(no pun intended, Aw heck, who am I kidding,yes it was!! The Heritage Park of North Iowa has dedicated itself to celebrate the farming history of our state but its mission is also provides a platform to inform and educate On its large 60 acre campus there are a variety of buildings that help to accomplish Winnebago Historical Society’s goal.
If you want to take a stroll around the park you are going to see a variety off buildings housing artifacts of tractors, railroad, homestead barns, log cabins, schools steam engines etc…Basically a veritable smorgasboard of all things antique Iowa. There are also various outdoor exhibits that catch your attention on your stroll or outdoor trolley that is available at various times of the year. So if you are looking for something to do while your Winnebago RV is being refurbished at the factory or just needing a place to let your minced ham sandwich digest, a good place to educationally use that time is the Heritage Park of North Iowa!
While wending my across Southern Iowa about a month ago, I decided to explore the attractions of Chariton. I had always known that the town was known as a hub for the Hy-Vee Grocery chain, but I knew that there must be more to this location than the “smile in every aisle” grocery. Sure enough, a lot of the answers were found within the walls of the Lucas County Historical Museum.
The museum is actually a collection of 7 buildings housing a representation of early life in Lucas county ..Of course coal mining was prevalent in the early 20th century of Lucas county and its artifacts are amply represented in the Lewis building There are also many unique items in this collection see Lucas County Museum Photos
You will also see the AJ Stephen House a uniquely constructed brick home that is on the National Historic register of places. Of course there are the ever present church, Barn, blacksmith and old log cabins .Top that off with a nicely preserved and the oddly-named “Puckerbrush School” and you have a nice collection of sites commemorating the way things were in days long past in Iowa.
This week’s travels me took me through almost 20 different counties on a circuitous discovery of Northwest Iowa’s little towns…Hindsight is always 20/20 but had I not expanded the scope of my travels a couple of years ago to include all of Iowa’s towns and not just its major attractions,the loops might not require so much mileage..but,oh well
If interested, please click on the links below for photo(captioned) journals depicting this weeks travels.