Strolling Into Iowa

August 19, 2014  •  1 Comment

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Amish In MissouriAmish In MissouriAmish along highway 63 in northern Missouri. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

 

Heading north out of Missouri on Highway 63, you are bound to run into sites that you might not see every day. 
 

 

Greentop, MO - Family FarmGreentop, MO - Family FarmA family farm near Greentop, Missouri. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

 

And we began to see the many barns we expected, like this family farm near Greentop, MO. 

 

Bloomfield, IA - Davis County CourthouseBloomfield, 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.

 

Ottumwa, IA - Christ Church ShrineOttumwa, IA - Christ Church ShrineA religious shrine at Christ Church on the outskirts of Ottumwa, Iowa. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

A religious shrine at Christ Church on the outskirts of Ottumwa, IA

 

 

Ottumwa, IA - Walmart CampingOttumwa, 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.

 

Did you know that many Walmarts allow overnight stay's in the parking lot? We boondocked 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 - ArchitectureOttumwa, IA - Architecture

 

Ottumwa, IA -MainStreetOttumwa, IA -MainStreet

 

Ottumwa, IA - ChurchOttumwa, IA - ChurchSt. Mary of the Visitation church in Ottumwa, Iowa. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

St. Mary of the Visitation Church in Ottumwa
 

Then as we left the city, it wasn't long before we ran into the beautiful corn-filled landscapes of Iowa farmland.  You're going to notice a theme here of Kathy's latest obsession... Barns.

 

 

Iowa - CornIowa - CornCornfield between Ottumwa and Hedrick, Iowa. Photo by Dave Alexander.

Cornfield between Ottumwa and Hedrick, IA


 

Iowa Farm - Sweet Corn, Sweet BarnsIowa Farm - Sweet Corn, Sweet BarnsA group of barns between Ottumwa and Hedrick Iowa. Photo by Dave Alexander.

A group of barns between Ottumwa and Hedrick Iowa
 

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.

 

Hedrick, IA - Barn - 2Hedrick, IA - Barn - 2An old barn near Hedrick, Iowa. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

 

Hedrick, IA- BarnHedrick, IA - BarnA beautiful old barn just outside of Hedrick, Iowa. Photo by Dave Alexander.

 

Kathy's gonna have a blast playing around with colors on these.

 

Hedrick, IA - BarnHedrick, IA - BarnAn old barn near Hedrick, Iowa. Photo by Dave Alexander. Enhanced by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Sometimes though no color enhancement is needed 

 

Hedrick, IA - ElevatorHedrick, 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.<br/> <br/> Today this quiet farming community is known for its old brick main street and historic Union Depot, which hasn't seen a train since 1980. The city is undergoing an urban renewal plan to attract new home and business construction. Photo by <a href="http://www.legendsofamerica.com/aboutus.html" target="_blank">Kathy Weiser-Alexander.</a>

 

Hedrick, 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, IA -  BankHedrick, 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.

Today this quiet farming community is known for its old brick main street and historic Union Depot, which hasn't seen a train since 1980. The city is undergoing an urban renewal plan to attract new home and business construction. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

 

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 - BusinessHedrick, 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.

Today this quiet farming community is known for its old brick main street and historic Union Depot, which hasn't seen a train since 1980. The city is undergoing an urban renewal plan to attract new home and business construction. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

 

Although Kathy likes to "color" doors in photos for her artistic gallery, this one was ready-made. 
 

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 the Amana Colonies. That'll be in the next photo blog.

 

Kathy & Dave

 

 

 


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Lance silvers(non-registered)
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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