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Southwest Iowa, Iowa

Southwest Iowa

Southwestern Iowa exudes its western flair with a championship rodeo and superb game hunting. Visit a one-room schoolhouse for a glimpse of prairie life a century ago. Or, camp at the edge of a lake, and let peace and tranquility wash over you.

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Bluffs Run Casino and Greyhound Park

1,500 slot machines, live greyhound racing, simulcast racing, three restaurants, free live entertainment, RV park.

Council Bluffs, IA Casinos

Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino and Hotel

Casino with more than 1,200 slots and 30 table games. Hotel, convention center, rooftop restaurant, buffet, diner, and lounge.

Council Bluffs, IA Casinos

Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Explore 140 years of American railroad history, from the origins of the nation's first transcontinental railroad in 1862 to the advanced technology of modern-day railroading. New permanent interactive exhibit "Working on the Railroad" offers a firsthand look at modern railroading.

Council Bluffs, IA Museums

Stempel Bird Collection

A collection of more than 300 mounted birds, including many rare species and some over 100 years old.

Macedonia, IA Collections

Union County Historical Village & Museum

1890s village furnished with period items. Includes caboose, schoolhouse, church and 1896 barn.

Creston, IA Museums

Indian Creek Historical Museum

A collection of antique farm machinery and tools using manpower, horsepower and early tractor power. Display of American Indian artifacts, household items, prehistoric bones. The Oaks School House is a restoerd one-room school with original fixtures

Hastings, IA Museums

Sweet Vale of Avoca Heritage Museum

Large taxidermy collection of animals from all over the world. Historical displays, collection of 1899-2005 Danish plates.

Avoca, IA Museums

Shelby County Historical Museum

See old firefighting equipment, furniture, clothing, two-headed calf, farmstead furnishings and two 100-year-old log cabins.

Harlan, IA Museums

Mount Pisgah/Mormon Trail

Visit the winter camp of the first Mormon Trek from Nauvoo, Ill., to Salt Lake City, Utah, and view the monument erected in memory of the thousands who did not survive that winter. Replica cabin and museum on site. Fee for guided tours.

Lorimor, IA Trails

Archer Engine of Yesteryear

More than 200 items, including old reel lawn mowers, rider/walk-behind tractors, old engines, and old chain saws. Antique shop with primitives and collectibles, glass, pictures and more.

Crescent, IA Shoppes

Kanesville Tabernacle

Reconstructed log tabernacle, covered wagon, handcart, tools and artifacts near on the site where Brigham Young was sustained president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1847

Council Bluffs, IA Exhibits

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