A Small Chapter of the Civil War

Whether you are a student of history or not, we each know something about the Civil War.  However, the next chapter is one few have heard about yet it’s one that is very important.  It’s the tale of a very determined lady who worked tirelessly to help those in need…

A Rock Festival

A lot of cities will hold a festival centered around rock – but we’re not talking about rock music.  For it’s a real rock that will fill all the hotel rooms in this city in the fall and have people driving from states away…

An Odd Rock With An Odd Name

The name of this rock is just as odd as it looks.  Yet it is a rock that puts this place on the map.  We go in search of the unusual and beautiful…

The Barns With An Important Link to the Past

At one time these old barns were hard to see because of the trees and weeds that attempted to engulf them.  However, with a little time and care, a unique story unfolded that had been lost to many in the community.  These barns had an important link to the past…

Saving the Old Barns

Sometimes communities wrestle with the challenge of preserving history while trying to stay progressive at the same time.  Such was the problem facing one small town the effort to save some old barns from the path of a new highway…

Getting An Ice Cold Drink

These days we don’t give a second thought to getting ice out of a machine to cool our drinks.  There was a time though when much of the world had never seen ice, and transporting it to those warm places was big business…

Using Your Tools In Another Trade

Some crop farmers may take on extra work in the winter once the harvest is complete.  For farmers near Waterloo, Iowa, they came to work with the tools of the summer, for a job that could only be done in the middle of the winter…

The Big Winter Harvest in Iowa

The state of Iowa is well known for harvesting a strong percentage of the nation’s corn and soybeans.  Once upon a time, the state had a big harvest to conduct in the middle of the winter as well…

A Family Lost In The Pacific

In the fall of 1942, the USS Juneau was sunk in the Pacific.  On board were some young men from Waterloo, Iowa and their story would soon become national news – a story that is still well known today…

Family Members On The Same Ship

The captain of the USS Juneau saw a potential problem.  He had several members of the same families serving on his ship.  He decided to do something about that situation…

Brothers From Waterloo

Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, many young men across the nation immediately volunteered for the armed forces.  That was the case for some brothers in Waterloo, Iowa and their story would become nationally known…

The Shop that Time Forgot

His business is truly a time capsule.  When Matthew Edel died in 1940, the doors were closed and no one entered until decades later…

The Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop

You most likely have never heard of Matthew Edel.  You might never have known him if not for the business he left behind…

The Large Windmill of Elk Horn

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Many people like reminders of their heritage.  For the residents of this small town, the reminders is one very large…windmill…

Losing Traditions

When a couple marries they often incorporate traditions from both of their families.  But for the immigrants from this nation, they found they were losing centuries old customs within one generation of coming here…

 The Danes Come to America

Immigrants from many countries came to the U.S. wholesale jerseys from chinaduring the 19th century, but the young men from this country often came because the farms in their homeland were simply too small to support more people…

Albert the Bull

He is the biggest of his kind and you certainly won’t miss him if you drive into Audobon, Iowa.  He’s been in the movies and even an answer on Jeopardy.  We’ll take you to meet Albert…

Operation T-Bone

It’s called Operation T-Bone and for over six decades it’s had an impact on west central Iowa.  It’s a mission that has changed over the year’s but is still very relevant today…

The Empty ‘Big House’ Makes a Comeback

It’s one very large and empty house.  It’s what some call “The Big House.”  But this historic and currently empty place could soon be changing.

Not So Pleasant of a Stay

Most people would say this river town is a pleasant place to live.  However, for those who happened to find themselves inside the walls, it may not have been so pleasant of a stay here…