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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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Hitchcock House

The Reverend George B. Hitchcock House is the home of one of the anti-slavery leaders of the Congregational Church mission in western Iowa. Reverend Hitchcock used his home to assist in the safe passage of fugitive slaves (or Freedom Seekers)

Lewis, IA Historic Buildings


Historic Oakwood Cemetery

The Oakwood Cemetery on the east edge of Lewis is the final resting place of many prominent Lewis residents that aided freedom seekers during their lives.

Lewis, IA Cemeteries

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

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.

Clarinda, IA Historic Sites

Breezy Hills Vineyard and Winery

Family-owned winery on the edge of the Loess Hills offers a large selection of handcrafted grape and other fruit wines. From this hilltop location, enjoy panoramic views of the countryside and adjacent peach and apple orchard. Wine tasting, vineyard and winery tours, gift shop, special events.

Minden, IA Wineries

Montgomery County History Center

Display of early county history, Thomas D. Murphy "A Legacy of Calendar Art," restored 1884 barn with agricultural history exhibits. Schoolhouse and 1853

Red Oak, IA Museums

Olson/Linn Museum & Villisca Axe Murder House

View a large number of automobiles dating from 1909, and primitives from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. The Villisca Axe Murder House is the scene of one of the Midwest's oldest unsolved crimes.

Villisca, IA Museums


Taylor County Historical Museum and Round Barn

Four-acre complex with 110-year-old log cabin, furnished rural schoolhouse, restored caboose and old depot, museum building, print shop and bank building, and small chapel. Rare, historic round barn.

Bedford, IA Museums


Bank of Memories

Orient is located along the original Mormon Trail. A museum houses an original Mormon Trail sign, replica handcart, mural, Mormon books and changing local history displays. Across the street in Historical Park, view an interpretive panel about the Mormon Trail.

Orient, IA Museums

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