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ALGONA: A WWII Prisoner of War Camp site was located on the west edge of Algona which is now the current location of the Iowa National Guard. This camp was “home” to a total of 10,000 German prisoners from April 1944 to February 1946. The prisoners were “hired out” to area farmers. The German POW’s created a Nativity Scene of more than 60 figures, half lifesize that is displayed in a special building located at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds. While in Algona visit the famous Louis Sullivan Building, Pharmacists Mutual Museum, the Lajos (Louis) Kossuth Statue, Water’s Edge Nature Center and Smith Lake, a public recreation area. Named after the founder of Algona the Ambrose A. Call State Park is a 138-acre “oasis” of rugged hills, heavenly wooded with virgin timber in an area of gently rolling farmland. Stinson Prairie is one of the few areas in the country of virgin prairie, land that was never plowed. For more information, contact (515) 295-7201 or www.Algona.org.
BANCROFT: A town that has been synomous with baseball for its state titles and major league players, Bancroft features the Memorial Baseball Park. The Bancroft Historical Museum features baseball pictures from years ago, trophies won “back then,” and many other historical and fun artifacts from years gone by. The Sister’s Inn in Bancroft is a renovated Catholic Convent. It is now a beautiful Inn, complete with meeting rooms. The original chapel where the Franciscan Sisters worshipped is still intact. Tour Welp
Hatchery, a facility that ships poultry all around the world, and Aluma, LTD, a small manufacturer. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church features beautiful stained glass windows, reminiscent of European churches. After taking a tour of Bancroft, please stop by the Main Street Pub and Grill. This is a renovated dry goods store and shows off the original wood floors and tin ceilings from this old building. For more information, contact (515) 885-2382 or www.BancroftIowa.com.
BURT: Exceptional Opportunities is one of Burt’s biggest employers, the home and work activity center of challenged children and adults. For more information, contact (515) 924-3251. Tour Stateline Co-op, a full service farmer facility - from grain handling to agronomy and feed. Burt also has several nice playground areas complete with lighted baseball field, sand volleyball, basketball and horseshoe courts. They have a shelter house with plenty of picnic tables and grills available for use as well as a swimming pool. They have remodeled the old Burt School building which is completely air conditioned and houses two gymnasiums making it possible to accommodate groups of all sizes. For more information, contact (515) 924-3618 or www.BurtIowa.com.
LAKOTA: Tour Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge, an excellent place to observe wildlife under natural conditions throughout much of the year. The vast 2,200- acre site provides shelter for large numbers of waterfowl, including pelicans, trumpeter swans, great blue herons, double-breasted cormorants, and snow geese. For more information, contact (515) 928-2523. The Lakota Historical Museum is now available to tour. Contact Char Spear at (515) 886-2510 for more information. The largest Ethanol Plant in Iowa is completed and fully operating, located west of Lakota next to U.S. Highway 169 and Iowa Highway 9. For more information contact Global Ethanol at (515) 886-2222. The Lakota Library was built in 1940 by WPA men from the CCC camp in Bancroft at the cost of $13,000. It features the unique architect style of Aswold Thorson. The original Town Hall and City Jail now houses the City Hall and council chambers as well as our beautiful newly remodeled/up-todate library. For more information, contact (515) 886-2312 or www.ncn.net/~lakota.
SWEA CITY: Wayne Thompson, nationally known sculptor, has his studio near Swea City. Tour Brand FX, a manufacturer of fiberglass bodies for emergency vehicles. For more information, contact Mayor Bob Baker at (515) 272-4123.
TITONKA: Visit the 5-story Silo House, which commemorates railroad workers, and Deer Meadow, a national wildlife preserve. Stop to see the Sculpture Garden, which features the centennial sculpture, A Furrow In Time, commemorating the early settlers of the community. The Gruis Park & Shelter House is available for community use, accompanied with a variety of playground equipment. Enjoy a drive through Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge from August 1 through the Friday of the third full week of September. There is an overlook trail, observation platform and hiking available year round in the Refuge. For more information, contact (515) 928-2850 or www.Titonka.com.
WESLEY: Visit the Grotto Altar constructed by Fr. Paul Dobberstein, creator of the West Bend Grotto, which graces St. Joseph’s Cemetary. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has beautiful gothic architecture and paintings. For more information, contact (515) 679-4292 or www.ncn.net/~wesley.
WEST BEND: Tour the world
of the Redemption, the largest collection of rock and semi-precious stones in existence. For 42 years, Fr. Paul Dobberstein collected ornamental rocks and gems, setting them in concrete to represent scenes in the life of Christ. The Grotto is open to visitors year round, with hourly tours call 800-868-3641. The Sod House recreates the temporary dwelling many early pioneers built when they first settled on the prairie. The Country Schoolhouse is an original one-room building that has been preserved and restored. The historical Museum and Post Office is also open to visitors. Country
Maid, Inc., makers of frozen pastries, opens its facilities
for tours. Stay at the new Park
View Inn & Suites and Conference Center, a 36-unit
facility with an indoor pool/whirlpool, sauna and fitness room (877-612-5366).
For more information, contact (515) 887-2371 or www.WestBendIowa.com.
WHITTEMORE: Visit Steier’s Roadside Village and Elmer’s Airport & Historic Plane Museum to see authentic military memorabilia and area treasures. For more information, contact (515) 884- 2619. Schmitt Hardware, a modern-day business, affords persons entering the store the charm and atmosphere of a turn-of-the-century hardware store of 100 years past. For more information, contact (515) 884-2555. Whittemore has numerous parks of note, including Siems Park for camping, fishing, and the thrill of the great outdoors, and Noah’s Park which is home to a beautifully maintained tribute to area soldiers and service men and women world-wide known as Veterans Memorial. In the fall of 2001, in remembrance of 9-11 and to show our true patriotic pride, members of the community painted a 20 x 60 Betsy Ross style flag on the south side of the Whittemore Community Center, which is located in Noah’s Park. It is a one-of-kind– display of an early flag in American history. Also, visit the restored Craig and Deb Gade Barn listed as a stop on the Iowa Barn Foundation Tour. For more information on Whittemore, contact (515) 884-2265 or www.WhittemoreIowa.com. Don’t forget your camera when visiting the country-side in and around Whittemore, Iowa!
borders other area attractions; Okoboji and the Iowa Great Lakes
to the west, Winnebago Industries in Forest City to the east, Camp
Dodge in Fort Dodge to the south, and the Jolly Green Giant and
Seneca Foods in Blue Earth, Minnesota to the north.