Palo Alto County Historical Museum – Emmetsburg, Iowa

Palo Alto Historical MuseumPalo Alto County Historical Museum – Emmestburg, Iowa The Museum was established in 1969 holding the memories and treasures that made Palo Alto County special.

The Free Methodist Church was purchased for the first museum and later an annex was added in memory of the first president of the Historical Society, John Kelly. The Palo Alto County Historical Society maintains the Museum.

Location: 804 Monroe, Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Open: by appointment for tours

Phone: 712-852-3781 or Chamber of Commerce 712-852-2283.  


  1. Jon Zinnel says:

    I am looking for pictures related to the Rock Island railroad running through West Bend up through Esterville in the 60′s and 70′s. Specifically, I am looking for pics of locomotives.

    My grandfather was a retired depot agent in West Bend and lived just a block off the tracks where my parents now reside. I remember my little brother and I running to the edge of the block at the end of the lumber company building to watch the train roll through town whenever we heard the whistle blow! It would have been all diesel when I was a kid!

    Let me know if you have anything in your archives that might fit. thanks!

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