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Buckley Barn

12178 200th St, Elma, IA

About 1 mile south of Lourdes, on US 63, turn west onto 200th Street and go two miles to the barn, which is on the south side of 200th Street. Barn was built in 1915 on land given to family by President Buchanan.

Ellingson Barn

19987 Timber Avenue, Cresco

About 1 mile south of Lourdes, on US 63, turn east onto 200th Street. Just past the Stephen Wildlife Area, turn north onto Timber Avenue. The barn can be seen from Dr. Borlaug’s farm, half a mile away. The family farm has been beautifully restored.

Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm

19518 200th St, Cresco, IA 52136

For over a half century, the scientific and humanitarian achievements of Dr. Norman Borlaug, recipient of over 50 honorary Doctorate Degrees, kept starvation at bay for millions of people in third world countries. Dr. Borlaug is one of only seven people in the world to be awarded the Nobel Peace …

Bohemian Savings Bank

101 N Main St Protivin, IA 52163

The Bohemian Savings Bank is a historic building located in Protivin, Iowa. The town of Protivin was established in 1877, and did not have a bank until 1910. Bohemian Savings Bank was established to prevent people from near by Decorah, Iowa from establishing one in Protivin. The Rev. Rudolph Lakomy, …

Howard County Courthouse

137 North Elm St Cresco IA 52136

The Howard County Courthouse in Cresco, Iowa, United States was built in 1880. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 as a part of the County Courthouses in Iowa Thematic Resource. The courthouse is the third building the county has used for court functions and …

Cresco Theatre & Opera House

115 2nd Ave W Cresco, IA

Your movie or live performance experience is all the better at the 1914 historic Cresco Opera House & Theatre! From vaudeville to surround-sound, from silent movies to major musicals, the Cresco Opera House has long served as the entertainment center for the greater Cresco, Iowa, area and beyond. The architectural …

Cresco Public Library

320 N Elm St, Cresco, IA 52136

A Carnegie Library In 1885, the first major step toward incorporating a library for the residents of Cresco, Iowa, was made. Community members collected books and wanted to circulate these to area residents. This planned circulation of materials did not work and, therefore, were turned over to the Cresco Free …

Lidtke Mill

14969 Mill Road, Lime Springs, IA 52155

There are very few grist mills remaining in the United States that still houses their original equipment. Constructed in 1860 by Melvin Marsh, Lidtke Mill in Lime Springs is one of these few. Offering visitors a rare look into the past, the mill’s interior is preserved in its entirety. The …

Kellow House

324 4th Ave W Cresco, IA 52136

Built in 1880 by William Kellow, Jr., the Kellow House is a fine example of a Second Empire style home. The Historical Society acquired the home in 1969 and restored the interior, but made no structural changes. William Kellow Sr., a farmer and stonemason, quarried the stone and built the …