town life in Kossuth County reflects the rich heritage of our prairie
roots and the eclectic nature of the fine arts.
Thirteen local communities pride themselves with
local attractions and annual celebrations that connect people with
music, food, activities and fun. Antique and specialty stores offer
rustic artifacts and fine treasures reminiscent of days gone by.
The communities of Lakota, West Bend, Bancroft
and Algona feature historical collections in local museums. The
Lone Rock Railroad Depot Museum and the Sherman Township Country
Schoolhouse, Jailhouse & Caboose in LuVerne remind us of the
not-too-distant past. Visitors to Whittemore can see authentic military
memorabilia and area treasures at a local airplane museum. Baseball
enthusiasts may reminisce at Bancroft's Memorial Park filled with
nostalgia from America's favorite pastime. Pharmacists Mutual Insurance
Companies has an authentic apothecary museum as well. West Bend
maintains an Iowa Prairie sod house, which depicts life on the plains
during the days of the Iowa settler as well as a one-room country
While Chicago features an extensive collection
of Prairie School architecture, Algona is home to the Louis H. Sullivan
designed Algona Land & Loan Office. Originally chartered as
a bank building, the building was the third of eight rural midwestern
banks designed by Sullivan who served as a mentor to Frank Lloyd
Wright. The building is home to the Algona Chamber of Commerce.
Local architecture is not limited to Sullivan. Near Titonka a five-story
Silo House makes a distinct impression above the typical Iowa skyline.
attractions include the life-sized Nativity Scene crafted by World
War II German Prisoners of War encamped near Algona. West Bend is
home to the Grotto of the Redemption, the largest collection of
rock and semi-precious stones in existence representing the life
of Christ. Wesley features the Grotto Altar. Blakjer Church of Lone
Rock is an example of the rural churches that once dotted the countryside.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at Bancroft features beautiful
stained glass reminiscent of European churches.
you've never seen an opera on the farm, come to Kossuth County!
With the Stinson Prairie Arts Council and the Haggard Twogood Charitable
Trust, productions such as a full-scale opera staged on a farm by
the University of Minnesota really do happen! Thanks to the Stinson
Prairie Arts Council & Haggard Twogood Trust, performances including
the most-recently award-winning productions of Wit and The Guys
are right in our own backyard. The Kossuth County Concert Series
offers musical performances throughout the year with reciprocity
in other area communities. Several communities offer local theatre
where local citizens participate. The Algona Cornbelt Chorus showcases
the talents of many locals to harmonize award-winning barbershop
music performances across the country.
Visual arts are found in our communities, too.
A sculpture of the county namesake and Hungarian patriot Lajos Kossuth
adorns the front of the Kossuth County Courthouse. Swea City and
Titonka feature sculptures by nationally known sculptor Wayne Thompson
of Swea City. Public libraries are found in nearly all communities.