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The Work of the Wallace Family

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/28Jan22-Henry-Wallace.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)This father and son pair both served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  The son even became vice president of…

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The First Great Train Robbery

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/27Jan22-Jesse-James-Train-Robbery.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Great train robberies are the stuff of wild west movies.  In real life though, the first such event occurred here. …

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From Car Trunks to Airplanes

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/26Jan22-Iowa-Aviation-Museum-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)For the past few days we’ve taken a look back at a stop I made in Greenfield, Iowa, home to…

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He Could Have Beaten Lindbergh

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/25Jan22-Iowa-Aviation-Museum-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean.  But lost in our history books…

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First Flight Off of a Ship

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/24Jan22-Iowa-Aviation-Museum-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Today, aircraft carriers and the planes they transport play a vital role in country’s military might.  However, have you ever…

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A Gift from Prisoners

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/12/24Dec21-Algona-Nativity-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In Algona, Iowa there is a nativity scene that has been on display for over 75 years.  It was a…

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The Nativity Scene That is Always Set Up

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/12/23Dec21-Algona-Nativity-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)During the advent season, many families and churches will set up Nativity scenes.  The figures remind us of the birth…

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The Oakley and the Hills of Muscatine

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/12/17Dec21-Muscatine-Car-Dealer.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)For many years Marvin Kreiger operated a car dealership in Muscatine, Iowa. Today, we take a look back at a…

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The Thing That Put Muscatine on the Map

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/12/15Dec21-Muscatine-Pearl-Buttons.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)There’s plenty of fertile farmland along the Mississippi River here.  But a century ago, this city was known for something…

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New Melleray’s Caskets

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/10/05Nov21-New-Mellary-Abbey-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)When people began attending funeral’s here, many had the exact same reaction.  They mentioned that when they passed, they wanted…

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New Melleray’s Timber Transformed

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/10/04Nov21-New-Mellary-Abbey-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)These men had about 3500 acres of farmland, pasture and timber.  However, tilling the land they owned was becoming more…

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Monks of the Union Army

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/10/03Nov21-New-Mellary-Abbey-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Who helped supply the Union army’s depot in Galena, IL during the Civil War?  The monks at this abbey of…

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Amazing Photos from A Historic Event

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/09/17Sep21-Union-Pacific-Railroad-Museum-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)This company was created from scratch in the 1860s.  From the start, those founders knew that their work would be…

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West from Mile Zero

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/09/16Sep21-Union-Pacific-Railroad-Museum-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)This is Mile Zero.  For several years mile zero of this railroad would only take you to the banks or…

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Lincoln’s Site To Begin a Railroad

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/09/15Sep21-Union-Pacific-Railroad-Museum-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Abraham Lincoln had an important decision to make.  Where would be the beginning point of a new railroad.  We don’t…

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Don’t Paint My Tractor!

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/06/10Jun21-Hart-Parr-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Ask any farmer what is their favorite color on the farm and they most likely know you are asking them…

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Coining “Tractor”

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/06/09Jun21-Hart-Parr-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)They were not the first to invent a tractor, but they were the first to call it that.  And a…

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Swamp Root to Cure Your Ails

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/12/06Jan21-Allerton-Iowa-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)If you saw an advertisement for someone selling “swamp root” that could cure your ails, well, you might be a…

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A Meeting in the Park

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/12/05Jan21-Allerton-Iowa-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)This small town was in danger of losing a treasured part of its past and present.  But who would step…

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The World’s Fair in Iowa

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/12/04Jan21-Allerton-Iowa-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Perhaps you’ve heard of the World’s Fair.  Many editions of that global event have been held over the centuries.  But…

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