2001 Hwy 169 South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: (515) 955-3621
Fax: (515) 955-3643
This octagonal shaped, Queen Anne/Classical Revival styled house was built in 1901 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. George H. Gallup House or Gallup House was the birthplace and childhood home of pioneer pollster, Dr. George Horace Gallup. The restored, three bedroom house is now used as a vacation home and for private or corporate events. The cozy accommodation has the charm of the old world and the comfort of modern technology, making it ideal for any occasion.
Original family furniture, a museum and a library can be found at the restored birthplace of former First Lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower, wife of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States.
This magnificent, historic building in the heart of the city houses Green County's courts and legal administrative offices. Constructed in 1918, in the Beaux Arts style, the Greene County Courthouse building is one of the city's finest architectural treasures.
The Grotto of Redemption, located in West Bend is a collection of nine grottos depicting scenes from the life of Jesus. Made of of rocks and minerals, this grotto was built by Father Paul Dobberstein and took 42 years to complete. Believed to be the largest grotto in the world, it is also the world's most comprehensive man-made collection of rocks and minerals. Open all year round, there are tours for the facility available. There is also a museum housing semi-precious and precious stones.
Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards' varieties are Cabernet Franc, Chancellor, Chelios, Frontenac, Marchael Foch, Niagara, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Seyval Blanc, St. Pepin, Swenson Red, Traminette, and Vidal Blanc.
All you can associate with popcorn is movies. But it seems some people think otherwise. Sac City has put the name of their city on the map of giant popcorns. The World's Largest Popcorn Ball though it is not now, is housed in a shed and weighs over 3,400 pounds (1,542.21 kilograms). Sac County is known for its popcorns, from French Vanilla to Cinnamon flavored ones, you will enjoy the variety. So after a quick visit to the Largest Popcorn Ball, head for some real, tasty popcorns.
McFarland Park is a 200-acre area that includes a variety of ecotypes, the Story County Conservation Center, Stargazing Observatory, hard-surfaced Touch-a-Life Trail, a six and a half-acre lake stocked with bluegill, bass and catfish, five and a half miles of trails, and picnic areas with grills.
The historic Black Hawk Lake was formed thousands of years ago after giant glaciers melted. Even upto a couple of centuries ago, it featured prominently in the wars between the settlers and the Natives. Today this lake spreads across a whopping 957 acres, and houses within it an exotic array of fish such as sunfish, crappies, walleyes and bluegills. Picnickers can avail of a host of water sports for the entire family; note that swimming is allowed only in certain areas.
Located to the south of Iowa State University's campus, Reiman Gardens was established with the aim of getting students acquainted with the science of horticulture. Spread across 17 acres (6.87 hectares), the gardens were established in 1995, thanks to the efforts of alumnus Roy Reiman and the college's horticulture department. Housed within Reiman Gardens is a conservatory, herb garden, Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, rose garden, Patty Jischke Children’s Garden and many more. Visitors can enjoy a walk by the lake or follow any one of the green trails.
A department of the City of Ames, the Ames Public Library features a nice selection of books, videos, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and magazines. Programs are regularly scheduled.
The Perry Carnegie Library Building is a magnificent library that is sited in the city of Perry. The library building was constructed in 1904 and served the entire town. Though it is transformed into the Carnegie Library Museum, it is still operational and features an extensive collection. For details, check website.
Known as one of the great examples surviving in Iowa, the Slayton Farms-Round Barn is the one of the few round constuction barn to be found here. The barn had a silo surrounded by it, through which the silage was used to feed the cattle. The bucket and overhead track are still intact. Located at the edge of Iowa falls, the barn is currently not open to the public due to the detoraited roof and interior damages. However, a tour can be arranged on request and prior appoitments.