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Iowa Historic Sites

  • Mathias Ham House Historic Site

    View Italianate limestone mansion, built in 1856 and authentically restored and furnished. Also visit 1833 double log house with hands-on exhibit.

  • Devonian Fossil Gorge

    Historic floods during the summer of 1993 surged over the emergency spillway and eroded a 15

  • Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area

    One of only 27 National Heritage Areas in the U.S., Silos & Smokestacks tells the story of American agriculture, agribusiness, and farm life through a network of sites, events and communities. The 37

  • Motor Mill Historic Site

    Visit the six-story limestone mill and four other limestone buildings in the settlement of Motor, which existed only from 1869-1883

  • Froelich Historic Site

    See where the first successful tractor was invented. An 1892 scale model and reference materials are on site. Also visit a restored 1886 rural schoolhouse and 1891

  • Lidtke Mill Historical Site

    The mill has working turbines and is located on the Upper Iowa River. Visit a furnished house from the 1900 period. A gift shop and restrooms are available.

  • Abbie Gardner State Historic Site

    Abbie Gardner's Cabin is the site of "The Spirit Lake Massacre" of March 8, 1857. Original log cabin with pioneer artifacts, interpretive center and film with Abbie's paintings and 19

  • Patriotic Rock

    Young local artist paints a new patriotic theme on this large rock each year as a tribute to the armed forces serving our country.

  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Home

    Glenn Miller Birthplace Home is restored to reflect the time around 1904 when Glenn was born. Highlights include period furnishings, unique features of the home and family photographs.

  • Schuetzen Park Historic Site

    Schuetzen Park Historic Site

    This site holds many special memories for generations of local German-Americans and other area residents. In 1870, the Davenport Sch├╝tzengesellschaft (later called the Sch├╝tzen Verein)