Jasper County Museum – Newton, Iowa
This museum in Newton features, among other items, the Maytag washing machine historical exhibit since the washing machine industry began when F. L. Maytag introduced the manufacture of a hand-powered washer in Newton.
Other displays include farm tools and equipment in an 1875 barn, 150-million-year-old dinosaur tracks, and a 37-foot bas-relief that depicts Jasper County history. Also exhibited are reproductions of period buildings including a Victorian home, furniture store, post office, barbershop, chapel, general store, blacksmith shop, and school.
A 1930′s house is on the site and contains period furnishings in the kitchen, dining room, bedroom and living room. The general story on the site, along with the other buildings make a walk down memory lane (or a historic journey for those too young to remember the 30′s).
There is a colorufl display of washing machines from the Woodrow, One Minute and Automatic Companies. The Maytag display starts in 1907 with models up to the present. There is even a poster of the original Maytag Repairman.
Admission – $Adults over 19 $5.00, Children under 19 $2.00
Directions – 1700 South 15th Avenue West, Newton, Iowa 50208-4321
Hours – October 1 – April 30 Office Only 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Tours by appointment only
Phone – (641) 792-9118