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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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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

Carstens 1880 Farmstead

Late 1880s farmstead and 80

Shelby, IA Museums

Lake Manawa Trails

Trails Lake Manawa trails are perfect for a hike, leisurely walk or bike ride. There are seven miles of paved trails. The trails connect to the trail system that runs throughout Council Bluffs including the Wabash Trace Trail and the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge.

, IA Trails

Union County Historical Village & Museum

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

Creston, IA Museums

Historic General Dodge House

Victorian house museum built by Grenville and Mrs. Dodge in 1869-70 is a National Historic Landmark. Dodge was a Civil War General, railroad builder, banker and politician. Holiday decorations include 25 Christmas trees in a variety of styles. Summer garden walk each July, annual fall tea.

Council Bluffs, IA Museums

Goldenrod School

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

Clarinda, IA Historic Schoolhouses

Bricker Butterfly House

Native butterflies, tropical birds, water feature with tropical koi, seasonal floral displays, and chrysalises in the greenhouse. Gift shop, outdoor garden.

Shenandoah, IA Greenhouses

Lake Manawa Beach

There is a specific beach area at the lake. There are restrooms, playground, picnic areas and refreshments close or near the beach area. The lifeguarded beach requires an admission fee.

, IA Beaches

Ramsey Farm at Lesanville

A 140-acre working farm of the 1930s era. Take a two-hour tour or stay a few days at the Lesanville B & B Lodge or restored 1860s farmhouse. Participate with daily chores, ride horses, milk cows, or gather eggs. Enjoy the Lesanville Village with 1873

Mount Ayr, IA Farm Life

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

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