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Hitchcock Nature Center

Outside of Honey Creek the lodge in this area overlooks the Loess Hills Scenic Byway, a wilderness preserve, and the Missouri River valley. As visitors hike the trails in the park, they can enjoy many different species of animals and a number of rare … [Read more...]

Historic General Dodge House – Council Bluffs, Iowa

The Dodge House, a 14-room, Victorian mansion, is one of Iowa's premier historic homes. Built in 1869 by Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, a Civil War general dubbed "greatest railroad builder of all times." The lavish mansion is historically authentic, … [Read more...]

Henry A. Wallace Life Center – Greenfield, Iowa

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On this 40-acre site near Greenfield, Iowa, various outdoor exhibits help interpret the agricultural philosophies, ideas, and achievements of Henry A. Wallace, former secretary of agriculture and one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Vice Presidents. … [Read more...]

Glenn Miller Birthplace Home

Clarinda Iowa is the Glenn Miller Birthplace home.  Glenn Miller was a famous trombonist, composer, arranger and director of one of the most famous “Big Bands.” He was born in Clarinda in 1904, and the house has been restored to reflect … [Read more...]

Doll House – Griswold, Iowa

Visit Griswold, Iowa where in a cottage that is over one hundred and ten years old, visitors can look at hundreds of dolls, some are just for admiring and others can be adopted. Betty La Follette Johnson provides a personalized tour. In the living … [Read more...]

Decatur County Historical Museum – Leon, Iowa

Decatur County Historical Museum - Leon, Iowa The history of Decatur County is portrayed in vignettes, from a blacksmith shop to a sitting room. Genealogists find this a great resource facility. Another building is home to a collection of antique farm … [Read more...]

Danish Immigrant Museum – Elk Horn, Iowa

Founded in Elk Horn in 1983, the national museum of Danish heritage ws built by Danish Americans on a 20 acre site. The 16,000 square foot museum is reminiscent of Danish construction with the half-timbered architecture. … [Read more...]

Cass County Historical Society Museum

The home of the Cass County Museum is a bank built in the late 1800s. Antiques and historical memorabilia from the area are displayed in various sections of the old bank located in Griswold, Iowa. … [Read more...]

California Gold Rush Trail And Lied Historical Building – Council Bluffs, Iowa

  And Lied Historical Building - Council Bluffs, Iowa Approximately 8 miles SE of Council Bluffs is the memorial marker of the 1849 Gold Rushers and Pioneers. Owned and operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Western Historic Trails … [Read more...]

C. B. And Q Restored Depot – Creston, Iowa

In the late 1800s, Creston was a major railroad hub in the western part of Iowa with more than 50 trains coming through the town daily. One of the largest engine houses was erected there to service the trains. A large brick-and-stone, two-story depot was … [Read more...]