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Old 02-15-2009, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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I like that old school photo Cowgirl, got me thinking about the "Brown Church in the Vale" that I visited with my grand parents when I was a kid. We also saw the "West Bend Grotto of the Redemption" on that trip, would be nice to see some photos of those Iowa attractions.

I was playing with my mashed potatos the other day and looking at the third photo from the bottom that DMRyan posted on page 1, the hill with the hotel in the side. Where and what is that place, is it over by Decorah ?
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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It's in McGregor in NE Iowa, kind of near Decorah but right on the Mississippi.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:02 PM
 
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Here's me with my brothers and sisters (and a cousin that sneaked in the picture lol) at The West Bend Grotto. It was taken in 1971. I'm the smallest dorky one. lol

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Old 02-20-2009, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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How cool!
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:29 PM
 
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Here's me with my brothers and sisters (and a cousin that sneaked in the picture lol) at The West Bend Grotto. It was taken in 1971. I'm the smallest dorky one. lol

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Think you might of had an inch up on me in 1971, but I was the tallest kid in my kindergarten class. Looks like you were enjoying your day at the grotto. Quite an amazing place, I saw it around 1975, can't believe all the work that went into that place. Thanks for the photo.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:49 PM
 
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I thought the place was so pretty when I was there. I think it was pretty hot that day though.

I only have the one photo of it but my mom has more. Maybe I will ask her to send them to me. Then I will post them.

Very cool place!
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:48 PM
 
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Not sure how to copy over pictures but on the first page, the last string of photos. Where are those from? They are posted by DMRyan. I would assume the Des Moines are but that little are on the river looks like a really nice area.

Specifically 3rd to last (motel on a hill?) and 5th to last (small river town?)
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:32 PM
 
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Went to Pella Saturday for the Tulip Festival. Author Bill Bryson claims this is the best small town in the US and from what I've seen I think he's probably right. For those of you who might be checking this thread out from outside of Iowa, Pella is a town 40 miles from Des Moines with a huge Dutch influence.

Part of the town square. Check the "canal" and Dutch influenced architecture. I believe there are municipal codes stating that buildings within a certain area must reflect the Dutch heritage.


Tulips.


Vermeer Windmill. The largest working windmill in the US. It says that they make flour here which is sold to the local merchants where they turn it into the local delicacy Dutch letters and other stuff.



Street sweepers in a parade.


Guy riding an old baker's bicycle. The parade had a lot of people in costumes with old style equipment reinacting antiquated Dutch professions - the milkman, chicken salesman, bakers, barbers, shoemakers, cheese salesmen, etc.
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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Pella is certainly one of the best looking small towns in the US, that's for sure.
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