All of a sudden it began to sprinkle. It was only a little shower, but it was enough for me to take cover. Waited 30 minutes. It has cooled off nicely and I am back outside. It is only dripping off the trees now.
Crossing the Mississippi River (again)
I am now reflecting back to an earlier time this year when we crossed the Mississippi River at Clinton, Iowa, on the old, tall iron bridge. I actually got a photo of the River below through the sides of the big old iron bridge.
|View of Mississippi thru side of iron bridge|
That night we had a nice view of a lake from an Army Corp of Engineers (COE) park where we spent several nights. One afternoon we had a downpouring rain, including thunder and lighting. I was at the shower building and had just finished a shower when the sky opened up. I waited until it stopped thundering and lightning and for the rain to let up, at least thirty minutes. Then I walked back to our campsite, got a little bit damp, but not drenched.
|Lake at COE Park with flowering weed at left center|
Iowa, by the way, has a lot of county parks, and if they are all like this one, are very nice. The park featured in the photo below has 297 acres.
|Jones county park|
Grant Wood's Gothic Statue
"American Gothic" portrays a farmer holding a pitchfork with his daughter primly at his side. It is one of the few images to reach the status as a universally recognized cultural icon, comparable to Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa".
The Iowa commemorative quarter features the Antioch School attended by Grant Wood between 1897 and 1901. It was last used as a School in 1959. The land around it is now called Grant Wood Memorial Park. The restored schoolhouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Calkins Square and the Smallest National Park in Wyoming, Iowa
On a city block along Main Street in Wyoming, Iowa is the office and home of Dr. Martin Calkins. The earliest part of the house was built in 1858. His granddaughter and grandson left this house to the City of Wyoming.
|Home of Dr. Martin Calkins|
|Monument completed in 1921|
In 1921 the monument was completed and stands about 50 feet Northeast of the Calkins House. This memorial next to the Calkins house is the "smallest National Park in the United States".
|Smallest National Park in the United States|
We have traveled many miles and taken pictures of many interesting things. Going forward, the length of my posts will depend on how good our internet signal is, how quickly I can charge my devices, and topics covered.
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