These photos are from a recent road trip in the Eastern section of Iowa. We tend to stay away from the main road and interstates in favor of seeing the unknown or occasional roadside attraction. I like to use the site www.roadsideamerica.com when hunting for points of interest.
This trip spanned three days and the photos below show the main point of our interest and may include photos from the road along the way. Day 3 included a stop to Cedar Rock, a Frank Lloyd Wright House. These photos deserve their own post which can be located here: Cedar Rock.
Day 1 - September 15th - Des Moines to Keokuk
Grave of Curtis King.
Pvt. Curtis King. Oldest Union Civil War solider. Joined the 37th Iowa Volunteer Regiment known as the "Gray Beards" at the age of 80.
Location: US Hwy 63, Chillicothe, IA. About a half mile west of the turnoff for Chillicothe. Look for a brown historical marker sign.
Built in 1894 Snake Alley has sharper turns than its rival Lombard Street. The street was built to mimic the vineyard paths in France and Germany. It was to connect the downtown business district with neighborhood shopping.
Location: 611 N 6th St, Burlington, IA (one way entrace next to First United Church of Christ.)
"Mississippi Harvest" is a statue of a river clammer that pays tribute to the once thriving clamming and pearl button industry in Muscatine. 100 years ago, Muscatine produced 1.5 billion pearl buttons annually.
Chief Black Hawk porcelain coated metal sign 50+ years old. It once guarded the now demolished Watch Tower Plaza. Chief Black Hawk and his people were chased away by American-European settlers in 1831.