FLOYD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM – Charles City, Iowa
This museum is housed in the former Dr. Salsbury Laboratories building. It contains many exhibits depicting local history places or events. These include a pioneer log cabin, an original turn-of-the-century drugstore with soda fountain, county schools information, period rooms, and items relating to the development of the Hart-Parr gas tractors—one of the first companies to manufacture this type of equipment. The museum’s collection contains over 10,000 items and expanding its facility.
Be sure to see the turn-of-the-century drug store, the country school classroom, and other period rooms as well. The Museum owns Floyd County’s oldest existing building, the Muchlar cabin, built in 1853.
Hart-Parr / Oliver / White Collection: Contains company history files, annual reports, company photographs, negatives and slides, union records (United Auto Workers union, Local 1415), motion picture films, technical manuals, blueprints, sales literature, artifacts from the factory and tractors produced in the Charles City, Iowa, plant. Collection spans 1889-1995.
Legel Collection: Collection of artifacts from the Legel Drug Store in Charles City, Iowa. Collection contains apothecary bottles, store fixtures, mixing / compounding / distilling / dispensing apparatus, medical appliances, general merchandise, and ephemera. Donated in site to the Floyd County Historical Society and opened as a museum in 1962. Collection spans 1884-1962.
Local History Files: Newspaper clippings, monographs, obituaries, and research papers on the history of Floyd County. Collection spans 1850-present. About 25 linear feet.
For genealogical and other local-interest research, also visit the Floyd County page of the Iowa GenWeb Project Site, which includes online access to selected historical and vital records, biographies of early Floyd County citizens, and information about other nearby historical organizations.
Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Collection: Several artifacts and about 1.5 linear feet of documents pertaining to the noted woman suffrage leader and founder of the League of Women Voters, who was reared in rural Charles City. An online finding aid describes the collection’s holdings in greater detail. Collection spans about 1890-1995.
Admission – $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for10-18, Children under 10 are free.
Directions – on U. S. Highways 18 and 218
Address: 500 Gilbert Street, Charles City, Iowa 50616
Hours – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, year-round; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June – August.
Credit Cards – All major
Phone – (641) 228-1099