Strolling Into Iowa
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Heading north out of Missouri on Highway 63, you are bound to run into sites that you might not see everyday.
And we began to see the many barns we expected, like this family farm near Greentop, MO.
Crossing over into Iowa we ventured through the historic square in Bloomfield to catch a glimpse of the Davis County Courthouse.
Bloomfield, IA - Davis County CourthouseThe historic Davis County Courthouse in Bloomfield Iowa was completed in 1879. Designed by Thomas J. Tolan & Son Architects of Indiana, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Bloomfield Square which surrounds the courthouse was also added to the National Register's listings in 1976. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
The historic Davis County Courthouse in Bloomfield Iowa was completed in 1879. Designed by Thomas J. Tolan & Son Architects of Indiana, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Bloomfield Square which surrounds the courthouse was also added to the National Register's listings in 1976. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
Then it was on to Ottumwa, Iowa where we see this religious shrine at Christ Church on the outskirts of town.
We're breezing through, and our first night on the road is the parking lot at Walmart.
Ottumwa, IA - Walmart CampingDid you know that many Walmart's allow overnight stay's in the parking lot? We overnighted at this one in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Knowing we had a short distance (some 80 miles or so) to our first 'primary' destination (Amana Colonies), we decided to take a leisurely drive through downtown Ottumwa.
Ottumwa, IA - Architecture
Ottumwa, IA -MainStreet
Then as we left the city, it wasn't long before we ran into the beautiful corn filled landscapes of Iowa farm land. You're going to notice a theme here of Kathy's latest obsession... Barns.
Pretty corny here :P
After catching that wonderful barn filled farm we wound up in the small, almost ghost, Hedrick, IA and one of the best Barns of the day.
Kathy's gonna have a blast playing around with colors on these.
Sometimes though no color enhancement is needed
Hedrick, IA - ElevatorHedrick, Iowa was incorporated in 1883. A town of almost 800 now, it is named for Civil War General John Morrow Hedrick who encouraged its development.
Hedrick may look like it's falling off the map, but it still has life and even some sidewalk construction on main street.
Hedrick, IA - BankHedrick, Iowa was incorporated in 1883. A town of almost 800 now, it is named for Civil War General John Morrow Hedrick who encouraged its development.
Although Kathy likes to "color" doors in photos for her artistic gallery, this one was ready made.
Hedrick, IA - BusinessHedrick, Iowa was incorporated in 1883. A town of almost 800 now, it is named for Civil War General John Morrow Hedrick who encouraged its development.
We made it to Amana, Iowa with plenty of time to catch up on some of the hustle and bustle we left behind, take a breath, and prepare to explore Amana Colonies. That'll be in the next photo blog, and we'll write more about the history in our Travel Blog HERE.
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Keywords: Amish, Barns, Bloomfield, Davis County Courthouse, Iowa, Missouri, Walmart, camping, travel
I see ya posted pictures of the crosses on hiway 63 coming into ottumwa Iowa if you would like to know more about them I’m the welder who welded them Danny is the creator of them
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