Salt and Pepper Museum – Traer, Iowa
Something different and so much fun awaits you in Traer, Iowa. Come and see the HUGE salt and pepper collection in this unique museum.
The city approved a $12,500 (collected in sales tax) purchase of 14,400 pairs of salt and pepper shakers.
The shakers were assembled by resident Ruth Rasmussen, who’s been collecting sets since 1949. 84-year-old Rasmussen is glad her collection is going to a good place. "I can’t take care of them anymore," she says. At one point, her collection was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest. Now it is the second largest in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Rasmussen began collecting the shakers in 1949 — her first two were picked up at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.
Her biggest purchase came in 1950 when she bought a group with 1,500 sets. Her collection includes shakers from around the country and the world. One pair is a gift from a soldier who picked them up while serving in Iraq.
Want to see something different and fun? Then visit Traer, Iowa. The population was 1,594 at the 2000 census.
Location: 21 miles south of Waterloo/Cedar Falls on highways 63 and 8.