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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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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


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

Heritage Hill Tour

Self-guided walking or driving tour. Homes along the route boast the elegant architecture of Victorian mansions. They are privately owned and not open to the public. Brochure available from Chamber of Commerce.

Red Oak, IA Tours

Monroe #8 One-Room Country Schoolhouse

Country schoolhouse is restored to its 1920s era, and is used as a working museum.

Walnut, IA Historic Schoolhouses

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

Ellston Pioneer Museum

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

Ellston, IA Museums

Sweet Vale of Avoca Heritage Museum

Large taxidermy collection of animals from all over the world. Historical displays, collection of 1899-2005 Danish plates.

Avoca, IA Museums


Cass County Historical Society Museum

Antiques and historical memorabilia from Cass County displayed in an 1800s bank that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Griswold, IA Museums

Lake Manawa Boating

The lake typically is a favorite spot for boaters and Sailing so expect a bit of company while on the lake. There is a boat Launch Ramp, Boat Rental, Canoe Rental, Kayak Rentals, and Paddle Boat Rental opportunities at the concession area. \"\"\"

, IA Boating

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

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