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South Central Iowa, Iowa

South Central Iowa

Let the wind sweep you across the lake or hear you aloft in a spectacular balloon. Fish at some of the state's largest lakes. Or, catch the sprint car races at the famed Knoxville Raceway. One way or another, this region will take your breath away.

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Rathbun Lake Fishing Info.

The information below is provided by the Corps. of Engineers - thanks for the great information. Fishing Rathbun Lake is an 11,000

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Pella Historical Village and Dutch Windmill

Tour a collage of 21 buildings nestled in a courtyard. Brick paths connect the buildings, some of which are over 140 years old. Some of the establishments include a house, gristmill, church, bakery, and miniature Dutch village. Replica of an 1850

Pella, IA Museums

Molengracht (Mill Canal)

Shops, boutiques, restaurant, movie theaters and European-style hotel overlook this canal, which is reminiscent of those found in the Netherlands.

Pella, IA Shoppes

Pella Rolscreen Museum

Former rail passenger depot houses a variety of exhibits about Pella Corporation, formerly known as the Rolscreen Company, manufacturer of premium-quality windows and doors.

Pella, IA Museums

Wapello County Historical Museum

View artifacts in naturalistic settings and Wapello County history exhibits. Don't miss the replica of an early fire station, including a completely restored 1925 America LaFrance fire truck. Also visit a replica of the Ottumwa Coal Palace Industrial Exhibit Hall of 1890-1891.

Ottumwa, IA Museums

Belinda Toy and Antique Museum

Historic 1846 church has been transformed into a toy museum, with collections of airplanes, cars, tractors, dolls, trains, and tin and cast-iron toys.

Chariton, IA Museums

Moulton Historical Society Museum

Railroad artifacts, rural schoolhouse, historical farm and home items.

Moulton, IA Museums

Scholte House

Built by Pella's founder, Dominie Scholte, in 1847. View original furnishings and fine household items from Holland as well as original family furnishings purchased in America. Colorful gardens contain thousands of tulips and other flowers. Dutch Tea, tour and coffee time available by reservation. Pella, IA Historic Homes


Madison County Historical Complex

Tour the 1856 Bevington-Kaser House, museum, and 12 other buildings on 18

Winterset, IA Museums

Warren County Historical Museum

Museum of pioneer life plus schoolhouse, country store, log cabin, George Washington Carver Museum, rural church, machinery building, meeting house.

Indianola, IA Museums

Dumonts' Museum of Dreamworld Collectibles

A 24,000 square foot building housing a large collection of antique tractors, horse-drawn equipment, buggies, gas engines, miscellaneous household items, toys, dolls, dishes, large collection of Roy Rogers memorabilia. Large Lionel train layout.

Sigourney, IA Museums

American Gothic House

Iowa artist Grant Wood sketched this house on a 1930 visit and that summer painted it as the background for his world-famous painting, "American Gothic." Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Eldon, IA Arts

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