Beadle Park – Cresco, Iowa

beadlepark.jpg    Beadle Park – Cresco, Iowa

Across the street from the Cresco Welcome Center is located Beadle Park. Displayed in this area are an historic 1854-constructed Log Cabin and a 1951-built diesel electric locomotive. The cabin was continually occupied for one hundred and ten years. In 1964 it was donated to the Howard County Historical Society and moved, and a museum has been developed inside. Now its home is in the park. The cabin features the original hand hewn, dovetailed logs. It consists of one room downstairs with a loft above. It has been furnished as if it were still in use.

In the Park a uniquely restored 101A/Model FP7diesel locomotive has been placed. It was the first of this model sold to the Milwaukee Road railroad line. This piece of equipment serves to remind people of the railroad heritage connected to Cresco. It was founded as rail service was being developed in that area. The locomotive was purchased in 1984 in non-operating condition and has been restored to operating condition by local volunteers and placed in the Park.

Admission – None

Directions – at the intersection of Elm Street and State Highway 9

Hours – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June — October

Phone – (800) 373-6293 

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