Amana Colonies - A Tour Through Time
Our first "primary" destination on this journey through the upper-midwest is Amana Colonies in Iowa. Amana, which means "believe faithfully", was established by the religious group Community of True Inspiration, with origins in Germany. The people of what wound up being seven towns, all led a communal life from its establishment around the mid 1800's til 1932.
Of course, we loved the architecture, and this abandoned home in South Amana was one of the first things to catch Kathy's lens. Hover over the photos for more information or click the photo to go to the Amana Gallery.
South Amana, IA - Hidden House-2A window in a house hidden by trees and foliage in South Amana, Iowa. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander. South Amana, IA - Hidden House-3 South Amana, IA - Hidden House-4 South Amana, IA - Hidden House-5This abandoned home in South Amana caught our eye and Kathy's lens. South Amana, IA - Hidden House
The town of Homestead was purchased by the True Insprirationists of the Amana Colonies for it's access to the railroad.
Amana, IA - BuildingBuilding in Homestead, Iowa, part of Amana Colonies. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander. Homestead, IA - Henrys Village Market-2Henry's Village Market in Homestead, Iowa still offers flavors of the colonies farmland. Amana, IA - Cider Mill Homestead, IA - Iowa Interstate Railroad
Oops, here's another of that abandoned home in South Amana
It's not all abandoned there though.
West Amana had this cool tractor museum.
Kathy browsed the General Store in High Amana for quite a while
High Amana, IA - General StorePhoto by Kathy Weiser-Alexander. High Amana, IA - General Store Interior-3General Store Interior in High Amana, Iowa, one of the villages of the Amana Colonies. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander. High Amana, IA - General Store Interior - 2General Store Interior in High Amana, Iowa, one of the villages of the Amana Colonies. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander. High Amana, IA - General Store InteriorGeneral Store Interior in High Amana, Iowa, one of the villages of the Amana Colonies. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
The church in Middle Amana
Barn in West Amana
The mill race in Amana behind the historic Mill.
The Amana Rail Depot near the mill.
The Heritage Museum is worth a stop to see the history in photos and more.
The historic Woolen Mill in operation since 1855.
A wash house behind the Heritage Museum in Amana
The Wash House has an Outhouse... inside the Wash House.
Lily Lake between Middle Amana and Amana was formed in a levee break in 1880.
Middle Amana, IA - Lily LakeThe well-known Lily Lake between Amana and Middle Amana was formed about 1880 when a break in the Mill Race levee flooded a low slough area. The lake derives its name from the thousands of yellow American lotus lilies which bloom across the 170-acre lake in the summertime, for which it has become famous.
Yep, those Amana washers and dryers made right here in Middle Amana.
Meanwhile, if you have a taste for the finer things in life, Amana is a great stop
Oh, did we get enough barns? No, let's make sure to get this one in East Amana
Overall we had a great time in Amana, parking our travel trailer at the Amana RV Park just outside of town. You can read more about the great history of how Amana Colonies came to be on our Travel Blog HERE. We are heading into some pretty dry "data/internet" area's next (McGregor Iowa, Pikes Peak State Park), so our next update may be a few days. Click on the photos above to go to our Amana Gallery.
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