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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


Greater Shenandoah Historical Museum

Artifacts, displays and videos of early KMA/Earl May, KFNF/Henry Field and their nurseries. Sterling McLaren collection of mammoth, bison and elk bones from 10,000 years ago. Relive life in the 1850

Shenandoah, 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

Railswest Railroad Museum and HO Model Railroad

This 1899 Rock Island depot, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, houses an extensive operating model railroad, historic photos, dining car memorabilia,and uniforms. Also displayed on the grounds are two steam engines, a 1917 waycar, a club car, Railway Post Office car and caboose. Council Bluffs, IA Museums


Goldenrod School

Birthplace of 4-H movement. Specializes in "Country School Classes" for young and old.

Clarinda, IA Historic Schoolhouses


Ellston Pioneer Museum

Visit the restored Cornwall Pioneer Home, Hazel Glen Rural school, and National Old Thresherman's Hall of Fame.

Ellston, IA Museums

Kline Museum

Collection of antique farm machinery and cars includes fully restored 1911 Carter Car. Furniture, dishes, and musical instruments also on display.

Prescott, IA Museums

Carstens 1880 Farmstead

Late 1880s farmstead and 80

Shelby, IA Museums

Squirrel Cage Jail

One of three remaining examples of the rotary cell jails, this three-story brick structure was completed in 1885 and featured a cage that rotated to allow jailers a view of all cells from a single vantage point. Listed on National Register of Historic Places.

Council Bluffs, IA Jails

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