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Embarking on an Iowa Freedom Rock Tour: A Northeast Iowa Adventure

Posted: december 13, 2023 | updated : december 29, 2023.

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Embarking on a journey through Iowa’s Northeast counties isn’t just a scenic tour—it’s an immersion into the vibrant tapestry of freedom and valor. The Iowa Freedom Rocks, monumental in both size and significance, stand as stirring testaments to the spirit of patriotism etched into the heart of each community. These larger-than-life canvases, adorned with vivid murals, honor the sacrifices and resilience of those who’ve defended liberty. Each rock tells a unique story, inviting travelers to witness the artistic tributes to history and heritage. Discovering these rocks isn’t just about admiring art; it’s an opportunity to connect with the soul of Iowa, to walk through its history, and to be inspired by the courage and determination of generations past. Join us on an expedition through Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties, and unlock the narratives behind these iconic Iowa Freedom Rocks.

Day 1: Allamakee & Clayton Counties

Start your journey in Waukon at Allamakee County’s City Park, home to the majestic Iowa Freedom Rock at 1013 Rossville Rd. Take in the intricate artwork depicting the county’s valorous history before heading to Guttenberg in Clayton County. Here, the Iowa Freedom Rock at 406 Haydn St. awaits, showcasing the resilience of the community.

To delve deeper into Allamakee’s history, swing by the Allamakee County Historical Society. Discover artifacts and stories that shaped the county’s narrative. In Guttenberg, visit the Clayton County Historical Society to immerse yourself in tales of courage and heritage.

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Day 2: Fayette & Howard Counties

Continue your exploration in Fayette County at 305 W. Water St. in Fayette. Stand in awe of the Iowa Freedom Rock’s vivid depiction of valor before journeying to Howard County’s Cresco, home to the Freedom Rock at 222 2nd Ave SW. Marvel at its tribute to resilience and strength.

In Fayette, uncover more stories at the Fayette County Historical Society, offering a deeper insight into the county’s past. Then, wander through Howard County and visit the Howard County Historical Society, enriching your understanding of the region’s heritage.

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Day 3: Winneshiek County and Beyond

Conclude your Iowa Freedom Rock tour in Calmar, Winneshiek County, where the vibrant rock at 206 Henry St. stands proudly. Take a moment to absorb its tribute to freedom and valor before expanding your exploration.

Extend your stay to discover more of Winneshiek County’s charm. Visit local attractions and embrace the county’s rich history. Don’t forget to visit the Winneshiek County Historical Society to unearth more captivating stories and relics.

As your journey through Northeast Iowa comes to an end, take with you the memories of vibrant murals, tales of bravery, and a deeper appreciation for the profound history etched into each county. The Iowa Freedom Rocks serve not only as symbols of freedom but as gateways to a rich and diverse heritage waiting to be explored.

Pack your bags, map out your route, and set off on this captivating itinerary through Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties. Experience the past, embrace the present, and create lasting memories in the heartland of Iowa. Your adventure into history and patriotism awaits!

Are you ready to keep exploring Northeast Iowa? Discover area attractions , upcoming events , and start planning your visit now. Follow Visit Iowa on social media. Instagram , Facebook , and YouTube . 

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North Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour (And Other Great Stops)

Iowa is full of so many great places to explore. One of the great ways to see the state is to conduct your own Freedom Rock Tour. The Freedom Rocks are something truly unique to Iowa and are great for kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds. We have created this North Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour (and Other Great Stops) to have a great time this summer seeing a great part of the state!

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The Freedom Rock Development

Back in 1999, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II painted the first Freedom Rock in Adair County near Menlo, IA. He was moved to do so after watching “Saving Private Ryan” and wanted to honor veterans and soldiers in some way. Not long after that, the Freedom Rock Tour was formed and he began painting rocks in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. Originally, Sorensen painted the Freedom Rock as a thank you and was not paid to do so. Once the Tour was formed, he began this as his full-time job (as well as serving as a representative in the Iowa House). Now, communities raise funds to have the murals commissioned.

Currently, all but 12 of the 99 Counties have been painted. Those remaining 12 have been booked and will be painted in the very near future. The Freedom Rocks are not always located in the county seats, so it’s a great way to explore communities that you might not regularly visit. Many of the communities are smaller, so you just never know what you might find. Sorensen’s website ( www.thefreedomrock.com ) actually has maps and a physical checklist you can print and mark off. Now, I’m more motivated than ever to see them all! 😉

North Central Iowa Freedom Rocks

We love exploring our state and checking out the Freedom Rocks. There are a lot of rocks yet to see, but we have managed to get to several of them here in North Central Iowa. We thought we’d feature them for you along with a few other great stops along the way!

Butler County

Located along mainstreet through Greene, Iowa, you’ll find the Butler County Freedom Rock. Their rock commemorates veterans including a member of the Flying Tigers! The park sits alongside the Shell Rock River so you can enjoy the rushing waters and the dam while enjoying a picnic in their shelter house!

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Make Another Stop…

While you’re visiting Butler County, we highly recommend scheduling a tour (or even a stay) at the New Day Dairy outside Clarksville! You can make it a day trip and take the “Be A Dairy Farmer Challenge” or decide to turn it into an overnight stay in their Guest Barn!

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Hardin County

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Ackley, Iowa, is home to Hardin County’s Freedom Rock. This rock park was completed as part of an Eagle Scout project and is done very tastefully. Adjacent to the rock is the Ackley Veterans Memorial and it is very well done and beautiful!

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While you’re in Hardin County, we highly recommend stopping in Iowa Falls to walk the historic swinging bridge or take a ride on the Scenic City Empress. If you’re into water, head west to Alden from Iowa Falls! Here you’ll find the Iowa River travels through town and has a fun waterfall/spillway area. It’s worth the short drive!

Floyd County

Just up the Shell Rock River from the Butler County Freedom Rock, you’ll find the Floyd County Freedom Rock in Rockford. The rock is situated on their main street. This rock features a specific tribute to the Marines and Jon Tumilson, who was from Rockford and a Navy SEAL who was killed in action! Their park also has benches, a gazebo, and tables you can enjoy in the shade.

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One More Thing to Do…

On your way from Greene to Rockford, take your time to drive through Marble Rock to see their dam along the Shell Rock River and historic Power House along the river! If you’re looking for more to do, grab a kayak and float from Marble Rock to Greene!

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Franklin County

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Located in Coulter, Iowa at the trailhead of the Rolling Prairie Bike Trail , you’ll find the Franklin County Freedom Rock. On it, you’ll find a mural of Admiral William D Leahy, a decorated Admiral in World War II who was born in Hampton.

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While in Franklin County, make sure to take a ride or a run on the Rolling Prairie Bike Trail or visit Beeds Lake State Park to check out their spillway! It’s known as one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iowa!

Cerro Cordo County

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At the corner of Main Street and South 8th Street in Clear Lake, you’ll find the Cerro Gordo County Freedom Rock. The beautiful eagle painted on this mural was my favorite part!

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While in Cerro Gordo County there are a lot of things to spend time doing, but our personal recommendation is take in a round of old-school miniature golf and grab ice cream from the South Shore Sweet Spot! It’s a favorite of ours!

Mitchell County

Head to St. Ansgar to check out their Freedom Rock and Veterans Memorial Park! This unique rock features a flag in a heart shaped which is different than the rest where the flag looks draped across the top. The rock also shows a tribute to the American Legion along with a gorgeous sunset view of a battleship. Enjoy the rest of their Veterans Memorial at the same time.

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One More Stop…

On the way to St. Ansgar, stop by the small town of Mitchell. Here you’ll find Interstate Park along the Cedar River. Here is a Hydro-Powered Dam which is still functioning to this day! Explore the park, the display that explains how the dam works, the dam itself, playground equipment, or you can even camp here!

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Worth County

Freedom Rock Tour

Nestled in the small town of Kensett, you’ll find the Worth County Freedom Rock. There is nothing grand about it’s presentation, but I’ll be honest that this is one of my favorite rocks! I love the POW dipiction on this rock!

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While you’re in Worth County, it’s a MUST to head to Northwood and enjoy some Mexican food from Tequila’s Mexican Bar & Grill ! The chips are warm, the salsa delicious, and the nachos are perfect!

Winnebago County

Freedom Rock Tour

Just one block off main street in Lake Mills, you’ll find the Winnebago County Freedom Rock! The standard of parks has been set by Winnebago thanks to their placement of a military tank in the park! In addition you’ll find 4 bronze soldier statues, a veterans memorial, and of course the Freedom Rock. On this rock is a depiction of former Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad who grew up in Winnebago County! We visited this rock on Memorial Day weekend and the amount of flags was stunning!

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Hancock County

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Head South of downtown Britt to find the Hancock County Freedom Rock. Across from their public library and city hall is the Britt Veterans Park. A bronze soldier statue, a memorial to Iwo Jima, and veterans are present in addition to their rock which holds a nod to John Hancock.

Kossuth County

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Whittemore, population 502, is the home to one of our favorite Freedom Rock parks! It is small, adjacent to their American Legion Post and yet stunning. At the heart, of course, is their Freedom Rock which gives a nod to Iwo Jima, but the purple ribbon sidewalk honoring Purple Ribbon recipients makes this park stand out along with the murals along the fence done by local airbrush artist, Mark Lentsch. There is 6 of them and each of them as stunning as the next. This park is definitely worth the drive if you aren’t local!

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While visiting Kossuth County, we recommend heading to Algona and grab a bite to eat at Miller’s Sports Bar & Grill. I highly recommend the Apple Bacon BBQ Burger! The apple bbq sauce that tops this 1/3 pound burger is absolutely delicious and I’m mad at myself that I didn’t ask if I could purchase the sauce to go. Another stop we highly recommend sits partially in Kossuth County and partially in Palo Alto County. The Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption (located in West Bend, IA) has been drawing visitors from all over the world for generations. This beautiful, handcrafted shrine to Christ and the bible depicts several biblical settings. Admission is always free and a great place to head with the family to enjoy, have a picnic, and explore.

Humboldt County

Freedom Rock Tour

Travel to the small town of Livermore to take in the Humboldt County Freedom Rock. This community has done a beautiful job of presenting their memorial. Built into the side of a hill, it is well landscaped and a beautiful mural. My favorite part of this stop was the crosses commemorating each war or conflict that the United States has been involved in including the numbers of those lives lost.

Wright County

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Located in Dows, Iowa (which actually sits in Wright and Franklin Counties) you’ll find the Wright County Freedom Rock. This park is very well done for such a small community. Surrounding the rock, you’ll find engraved bricks honoring those from the area that have served in our armed services. There is another memorial to veterans nearby that is great!

In Dows, you’ll also find the Mercantile Building. This downtown building is on the National Historic Register of buildings. There are three floors which sell antiques from all over. Lunch at the Creme de la Creme inside is also a must! If history is your thing, make an appointment to stop at the Quasdorf Blacksmith Shop Museum in Dows as well!

Freedom Rock Tour

Freedom Rock Tour

Creating your tour of Freedom Rocks is a great way to see the state of Iowa, especially some of the smaller towns! The other great things about these rocks is that they are always open, so you can head out on your tour when its convenient for you! Create memories with your family by exploring and hitting the open road! Which Freedom Rocks have you visited?!

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5 Replies to “North Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour (And Other Great Stops)”

I learned about those Freedom Rocks when I was visiting Ottumwa last Fall. So a cool concept!

It really is and is a great way to see the state!

Great post! We love checking out different Freedom Rocks!

Thanks! We do too! Need to get on the road to see more new ones soon!

I love these freedom rocks and the patriotism behind them.

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Day Trip #13 Freedom Rock

The Freedom Rock Tour, created by the artist of The Freedom Rock; Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, aims to boost tourism and spread the message of thanking our Veterans while providing a unique to their area Freedom Rock for all 99 counties in the great state of Iowa. 

The O'Brien County Freedom Rock, located 698 Main St, Sanborn, IA 51248,

By Nick Pedley

Sanborn is now home to a massive memorial honoring O’Brien County’s many military veterans.

Artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II finished painting the O’Brien County Freedom Rock earlier this week. The elaborate mural is part of Sorensen’s Freedom Rock Tour, which will eventually put a Freedom Rock in all 99 Iowa counties.

According to Sorensen, the O’Brien County rock is a record-setter.

“It’s huge,” he said. “It’s probably the largest I’ve done on the tour. People will definitely be able to see it from the road.”

Sorensen started work on the O’Brien County Freedom Rock Sept. 5. The mural features three separate paintings that pay homage to local veterans and others who sacrificed for America’s freedom.

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Sorensen said he added Pippinger because it brought some local flair to the rock.

“To me, putting this veteran on doesn’t make him any more important or less important than any other veteran in the community,” he said. “I just like to tell stories and illustrate stories. I don’t think that should be quelled in the spirit of being politically correct.”

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“There’s nothing more emotional, dramatic and iconic than a goodbye or hello kiss from war,” said Sorensen.

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The finished rock was No. 52 on Sorensen’s list.

“I had a couple goals when I started this project: Thank veterans, promote Iowa tourism and feed my family,” he said. “I figure if I can accomplish those three, it’s better than doing a lot of things.”

The O’Brien County Freedom Rock didn’t happen over night. Fundraising efforts got underway 2 ½ years ago and was led by Vander Werff & Associates of Sanborn, which helped secure the rock and organize Sorensen’s visit. So far, more than $16,000 has been raised for the project.

According to Shannon Rydberg of Vander Werff & Associates, donations are still being accepted for future expenses like landscaping at the Freedom Rock site. A majority of the current total will be exhausted to pay Sorensen, cover the rock’s moving fees and for other costs.

Rydberg said multiple area businesses, community organizations and individuals have donated to the project. She encouraged others to contribute and help O’Brien County stand out among other Freedom Rock sites.

“The rock’s size is awesome because it kind of sets O’Brien County apart,” she said. “But we want to do a lot more so it’s even better.”

Nearby Freedom Rocks are located in Everly, George, Hawarden and Lake Park.

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Joy Neal Kidney

Family and local stories and history, favorite books, the 50 state freedom rock tour.

Iowa has 99 counties. Freedom Rock founder and artist Ray “ Bubba ” Sorensen just completed the 99th Freedom Rock this fall. He calls his project “a unique 99 piece mural across Iowa,” and indeed it’s an iconic legacy for the entire state.

Iowa’s Freedom Rock #100 will be auctioned for a veterans’ charity.

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Meanwhile, the 50 State Freedom Rock Tour is underway, spreading the message of gratitude for veterans beyond his home state of Iowa. Five are already completed, with two more booked. Click the link to see if your state has a Freedom Rock in the works.

Each year, Ray and Maria Sorensen create a calendar promoting a dozen Freedom Rocks. “Our” Dallas County Freedom Rock is the October feature for 2022! The five Wilson brothers are on one side. The north side remembers Bob Feller (from Van Meter) and Nile Kinnick (grew up in Adel).

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Calendars are available here .

Here’s Ray “Bubba” Sorensen’s  20-minute interview with Our American Stories.

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I just listened to Bubba’s interview on Our American Stories. I’m so moved by it, I have no words.

He’s certainly an Iowa treasure. He and Maria just had a baby girl, named Liberty. The older daughter is Indy, for Independence. Son Mikey (named for Bubba’s grandfather, Michael) is in between.

Just think what the world could be if others followed in his footsteps!

What an amazing project, what an amazing human. I was surprised to see my state, Washington has a Freedom Rock – awesome.

Especially since he’s got three little kids: Independence (Indy), Michael (named for his grandfather), and baby Liberty (born this fall).

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Scott County Freedom Rock

Scott County Freedom Rock

The Freedom Rock is a large (approximately 60-plus ton) boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a different "thank you" for our nation's veterans to honor their service to our country. The artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, was inspired by the movie Saving Private Ryan , as well as wanting to give veterans a unique recognition on Memorial Day. Sorensen paints the Freedom Rock on his own with the tremendous support of family and friends. Sorensen is not commissioned to paint the rock but is able to do so each year with the generous help of donations. While painting murals across the country, Sorensen had the idea of spreading the message of The Freedom Rock to other small communities across Iowa. The idea in part came from the 99 county tours that both Sen. Grassley and journalist Kyle Munson took part in, and so the Freedom Rock Tour was born. For the next few summers, Sorensen and his family will travel the state of Iowa to put smaller and unique Freedom Rocks in each county.

Donations can be sent to:

Blackhawk Bank & Trust c/o Freedom Rock Scott County 323 S. Second St. P.O. Box 748 LeClaire, IA 52753

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East central iowa freedom rock tour.

One of our  family's favorite ways to explore  the state of Iowa is by visiting the different county  Iowa Freedom Rocks . All 99 counties in the state have a uniquely painted mural, showcasing local heroes and stories honoring area veterans painted by Iowa artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II. Here is a look at all of the county Freedom Rocks located in Eastern Iowa.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour

Iowa County Freedom Rock, 1498 County Ave., Marengo, Iowa

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Iowa County, Marengo

Located in the Gateway Park & Preserve in Marengo, Iowa, the Iowa County Freedom Rock is underneath a nice pavilion with signs sharing the stories of all the veterans featured on the rock. There is also a nice memorial with flags next to the rock.

This side of the rock seen above shares the images of Eugene Ely, who was an aviation pioneer born in Williamsburg, Iowa, who was credited with the first shipboard aircraft take-off and landing, as well as Dr. Burns Byram, who was a family doctor in Marengo, who would fly his restored military plane named "Tangerine" to let folks know he was in town and ready to see patients. Both of these men passed away doing what they loved, flying.

The rock also features a mural of a military funeral and images of Marine, Brad Kasal, who received the Navy Cross for his heroic actions in Iraq. He was in a firefight in Operation Phantom Fury where he was shot seven times and took 43 pieces of shrapnel from a grenade. Although injured himself, Kasal shouted encouragement and directions as his unit cleared an insurgent-infested structure. He was honored for his leadership, wise judgement and complete dedication to his duty.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Iowa County, Marengo

Washington County Freedom Rock, 206 E Fountain St., Brighton, Iowa

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Washington County, Brighton

Located at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 78 in Brighton, the Washington County Freedom Rock showcases the county's namesake on the front side, as well as local veterans Craig Rich, who served in the Vietnam War, and Timothy Brown & Samuel Lewis, who served in the Revolutionary War, on the sides of the rock.

On the back side of the rock, a recreation of Des Moines Register cartoonist Ding Darling's Teddy Roosevelt cartoon is painted. Darling received two Pulitzer Prizes and was an important figure in the conservation movement and has a lake/recreation state park near Brighton named for him.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Washington County, Brighton

Johnson County Freedom Rock, 122 N Chabal St., Solon, Iowa

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Johnson County, Solon

The Johnson County Freedom Rock had lots of interesting stories painted on it. Johnson County is named for former Colonel, Congressman, Senator and Vice President Richard Johnson. During the War of 1812 Johnson recruited volunteers and is most know for the Battle of Thames and killing Indian Chief Tecumseh.

The rock also shares the story of Lester and Paul Pavel, brothers from Solon, who both join the Army and were trained as bomber pilots in WWII. Paul was on a training mission in May 1943 when his plane disappeared and in 1944 in support of D-Day Lester's B-24 collided with another B-24 over the English Channel. Both brothers lost their lives and are memorialized on the Freedom Rock.

There is also a painting of the USS Gambier Bay that was sunk by enemy gunfire during WWII. A survivor of its sinking still resides in Johnson County. And a painting of mortar men represent another veteran still residing in the area, who shared their story of firing mortars (bombs). Our family also loved the illustration of the Tomb of the Unknown solider.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Johnson County, Solon

Muscatine County Freedom Rock, 210 N Railroad St., Wilton, Iowa

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Muscatine County, Wilton

The Muscatine County Freedom Rock is located in Downtown Wilton next to the Historical Site of the Rock Island Railroad Depot.

Murals on the rock include a few local veterans including Rear Adm. Will Pennington who is a native of Wilton. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and has received numerous awards as commanding officer of USS George H.W. Bush. Also, Arthur James Latchaw who was the nose gunner on a B-24 "Liberator" bomber when he was shot down over Hungary and was a POW at Mossberg, near Munich. And Rolland J Claussen who received the Silver Star in action against Japanese forces on Iwo Jima. There is also a painting on the skinny side of the rock of poppies, which are the enduring symbol of remembrance of WWI.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Muscatine County, Wilton

Our family recommends to come hungry when you stop in Wilton. Check out  Arty's Ice Cream & Grill  for a burger and ice cream, or the Wilton Candy Kitchen  for ice cream while you are in town!

Cedar County Freedom Rock, 400 Cedar St., Tipton, Iowa

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Cedar County, Tipton

The Cedar County Freedom Rock is located in Tipton, Iowa in front of the Cedar County Courthouse and includes a painting of the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933, West Branch, Iowa native, Herbert Hoover. On the other side is a mural is an image of a Honor Guard leading the way of a parade through a small town. The members of the Honor Guard feature Veterans across generations and represent Cedar County residents, including Civil War Medal of Honor recipient Pitt B Herington, WWI nurse Ella Marie Noring, WWII Marine Arthur Thompson, Sgt Aaron Sissel, SSG Donald Griffith and SPC David Behrle.

Another side of the rock shared about the John Brown Freedom Trail that came through Cedar County at William Maxon's house near Springdale, Iowa. This was a unique story that our family was unfamiliar with and learned that John Brown was an abolitionist who made several trips across Iowa to aid formerly enslaved people on their journey to freedom during the Bleeding Kansas conflicts.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Cedar County, Tipton

Linn County Freedom Rock, 201 Central City Rd., Central City, Iowa

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Linn County, Central City

The Linn County Freedom Rock is located near the entrance of the Linn County Fairgrounds and was the final county Freedom Rock to be painted. A funny thing about the Linn County Freedom Rock is that our family visited this rock a couple times before it was painted, so we were very excited to check it out after its completion in the Fall of 2021.

Like the other Freedom Rocks it was interesting to learn about all of the local heroes painted on this rock. On the side seen above is Army Specialist Salvatore Augustine Giunta who is the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor for his courage, selflessness and leadership in Afghanistan to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American soldier from the enemy. Next to Giunta is Naval Aviator Bob Naughton of Cedar Rapids. He served during the Vietnam War was taken as a POW for 2,118 days after being forced to eject over North Vietnam. He received the Silver Star for his determination, courage, resourcefulness and devotion to duty.

On the other side of the rock in Mancil Root and Charles A Clark. Root was one of the youngest soldiers in the Union Army on record and enlisted as a drummer boy at the age of 11. Clark served in the Marine Infantry from 1841 to 1864 and was a Medal of Honor recipient for his leadership. Both men called Linn County home following their service.

On the end of the rock is a painting of Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. was who a brigadier general in the US Air Force. He flew the B-29 Superfortres, the Enola Gay (name after his mother), when it dropped Little Boy, the first of two atomic bombs on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. You can also see on this side a little bear in a military uniform that pays tribute to Nich Aberle was lost his life in a car accident in 2013. His parents Bert and Dawn take this little bear on adventures, including visiting the different Freedom Rocks.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Linn County, Central City

Jones County Freedom Rock, 12819 Stone City Rd X28, Anamosa, Iowa (Stone City)

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Jones County, Stone City

The Jones County Freedom Rock is located in Stone City, Iowa and has been one of the largest rocks we have seen yet. On the side you walk up to you'll learn about The Dillon Furrow Military Road (Highway 1). Lyman Dillon used a team of 10 oxen and a large plow to furrow a 86 mile path to create a Military Road in 1839. You'll also learn more about Linn County native, artist Grant Wood's background as a WWI US Army Veteran as a camouflage designer and painter.

The other side of the rock shows a folded flag with a prisoner of war hand reaching up to escape the barbed wire, representing all those POW and MIA. The people around the flag portray someone with a Jones County connection and represent someone from every war since the Revolutionary War. The Jones County Freedom Rock has excellent signage to tell you the stories of: Israel Fisher (Revolutionary War), Alexander Crawford Jr. (War of 1812), Col. William T. Shaw (Mexican-American War and Civil War), Arthur McCullough (WWI), Pauline A Quigley (WWI), Gale Edwards (WWII), Charles Edward Ricklefs (Korean War), William Edward Rees (Vietnam War), Beck Dirks-Haugsted (Desert Shield/Storm), Craig Amundson (9/11) and Terryl Pasker (Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan). Our whole family thought this rock was quite impressive with its size and stories told.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Jones County, Stone City

Dubuque County Freedom Rock, 191 Jacoby Dr. E, Epworth, Iowa

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Dubuque County, Epworth

The Dubuque County Freedom Rock is located just off of Hwy 20 in Epworth, Iowa in front of their fire station and city hall. The front side of the rock features the Governor's Greys "G G", which was a group of Dubuque citizens who formed the first military company in the US pledged to the service of the nation at the start of the Civil War. On the side of the rock is a mural remembering Dubuque County Missing in Action servicemen.

On the side facing the city hall, is the story of several Dubuque County veterans. Roman Catholic Chaplin Lt. Aloysius Schmitt was aboard the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Schmitt helped men to escape through a small escape hatch until it sank, killing him and 447 other crew members. US Army Combat Engineer Rich Billmeyer was wounded by an IED in Afghanistan and his image honors all those injured in service. Our family really enjoyed learning about Army Nurse Maj. Genevieve Smith. She served as Chief Army Nurse in Normandy in WWII and continued to serve for over 20 years. Then in 1950 she accepted a position to serve in Korea. While in flight to Korea her plane crashed, killing all on board besides one survivor. Vietnam Veteran Bob Klusner was a machine gunner and during a firefight his machine gun jammed and he had his hand shot. The Vietnamese then shot him in the back of the head, rolled him over and shot him in the chest to confirm the kill. After being placed on a pile of bodies, Kluesner moaned loud enough to be discovered and rushed to a hospital. He survived and returned home to Iowa. He received four purple hearts for his service.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Dubuque County, Epworth

Jackson County Freedom Rock, 203 N Riverview Dr., Bellevue, Iowa

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Jackson County, Bellevue

Sitting alongside the Mississippi River and Lock and Dam No. 12, the Jackson County Freedom Rock, shares the history of the area and local veterans. On the street side of the rock seen above is a mural representing Civil War soldiers boarding the riverboat the "Henderson" which left Bellevue to serve.

On the river side of the rock is a painting of a military caisson with a flag draped coffin and each branch of the military represented.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Jackson County, Bellevue

Clinton County Freedom Rock, near 303 Riverview Dr., Clinton, Iowa

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Clinton County, Clinton

The Clinton County Freedom Rock is located along the Mississippi River and next to the Clinton River Walk/Path. On the side of the rock facing the road are the stories of several Clinton County Veterans starting with Henry Langrehr. He was one of 6,000 who parachuted into France on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day). He survived the jump, spent months of fighting, was wounded twice and escaped from a Nazi prison camp. Below Langrehr is Brigadier General Russel W Volckmann. He was called "The Father of Special Forces" and spent three years behind Japanese enemy lines working with Pilipino Soldiers using Guerrilla tactics. Three astronauts with Clinton County connections are also recognized on the rock, George Nelson, David Hilmers and Dale Gardner.

Two Medal of Honor recipients are honored on the river side of the rock, Private William B. Mayes and SSG Salvatore Giunta. Mayes was a member of Company K, 11th Iowa Infantry. He rescued a wounded comrade and carried him to safety during a fierce enemy fire during the Civil War. Giunta received his Medal of Honor for administering medical aid to his squad leader and rescuing a wounded soldier from two insurgents carrying him away in Afghanistan. His courage, selflessness and leadership helped his platoon's ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American soldier from the enemy.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Clinton County, Clinton

Scott County Freedom Rock, 100 Front St., Le Claire, Iowa

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Scott County, Le Claire

The final East Central Iowa County Freedom Rock also sits along the Mississippi River in Le Claire, Iowa. The backside of the rock seen above shows two Scott County native Medal of Honor Recipients, Buffalo Bill Cody and John Baker Jr. Buffalo Bill is one of Le Claire's most famous natives and is known for many things. He received the Medal of Honor for his role as a US Army Guide during the Indian campaigns. Baker received his Medal of Honor for his service for rescuing several soldiers while continually returning to enemy fire during the Vietnam War. The front side of the rock recognizes all our service men and women including police, fire and EMS.

On the river side of the rock is a painting of a folded flag and the Gold Star. A really special part of this is that the ashes of US Army Staff Sgt Nathan Cox are painted onto the rock. Cox died September 20, 2008 in Afghanistan after his vehicle was struck by an IED.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour - Scott County, Le Claire

Visiting these Freedom Rock,  along with others  across the state is a great way to teach your children about the price of freedom, learn Iowa history and explore the state of Iowa. We love how each rock has a local connection and you can see the thought and time put into each design. It is also nice that most rocks are in towns  off the beaten path  and help you visit somewhere new. For a complete guide to all of the county Freedom Rock, check out this  checklist . You can also check out our pictorial directory of all of the  North Central Iowa Freedom Rocks , Central Iowa Freedom Rocks  and learn more about our home county,  Franklin County's Freedom Rock  on the blog.

Have you seen any of the Iowa Freedom Rocks? Which one do you recommend we road trip to next?

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Wonderful description of the freedom rocks. Very interesting!

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Thank you. We love it when the Freedom Rock "parks" include historical information but for those that don't, we do some "googling" to find out more about the stories shared on the rock.

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8 Unique Things to Do in Manning, Iowa

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”17469″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text css=””]There’s plenty to discover in rural Iowa ! In the western part of the state, you’ll find all sorts of things to do in Manning, Iowa , from places full of local history to delicious dining options and everything in between.

Whether you’re looking to learn more about this community’s origins or interested in supporting a small business or two, this western Iowa community has a lot to offer. Here you can indulge in some Midwestern comfort food (and don’t forget dessert). You can also enjoy ample public art and explore a traditional German “Hausbarn.” Plus, Manning is only a short drive from Templeton, Iowa, home of the famous Templeton Distillery , and a 25-minute trip from all of the unique  things to do in Audubon, Iowa .

So, the next time you’re exploring the western part of the state, check out these eight unique things to do in Manning, Iowa.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Best Places to Stay in Manning, Iowa

Best In-Town Option :  Cobblestone Inn & Suites – Manning   offers an affordable and convenient option for anyone spending time in Manning. Plus, this property is located directly next to the  Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park .[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Things to Do in Manning, Iowa

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Explore the Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”17456″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]It’s no secret that this area has a rich agricultural history. But at the Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park , visitors can step back in time to the late 1800s and get a glimpse of the area’s German heritage.

Start your exploration at the German Hausbarn. This common 1660s dwelling was originally constructed in the village of Klein-Offenseth in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. This 350-year-old barn was given to the Manning Heritage Foundation in 1991 and dismantled to be shipped to Iowa in 1996. By August 2000, the Hausbarn had been completed reconstructed in Manning.

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Then, continue on to the Leet/Hassler Farmstead. There you can explore a beautiful, bungalow-style home that was build by William Leet in 1915. For the time period, this home was the pinnacle of elegance and had both running water and electricity.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”17457″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Finally, peek inside the Trinity Church. This historic chapel was built in 1916 and moved to this site in 2006 after the congregation disbanded. The church was moved the 11 miles from its original site in one piece, though it took 64 wheels rolling underneath the building to get it to the heritage park safely.

Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park, 12196 311th Street in Manning, Iowa

Grab some grub at the level b grill.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”17454″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]After a day of exploring, you’ll probably have worked up quite an appetite. Thankfully at Level B Grill you’ll find hearty portions of some of Iowa’s most iconic dishes. Named for the rural routes you’ll find throughout the surrounding area, this Manning eatery is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike.

There were lots of tempting menu items at Level B Grill to choose from. Ultimately, I opted for the Philly steak sandwich, which comes covered in a delicious, homemade cheese sauce.

Level B Grill, 805 6th Street in Manning, Iowa

Shop along main street.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”17459″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Supporting local small businesses is one of my favorite ways to get to know a new community. In Manning, avid shoppers are in luck because there are lots of local spots to patronize. During my visit to Manning, a few of my favorite stores included:

  • The Market Place (321 Main Street in Manning): If you only have time to visit one shop in Manning, make it The Market Place. This 6,000-square-foot retail location is stuffed with adorable home decor, must-have kitchen items, locally made goods and so much more. Plus, if you need a pick-me-up, The Market Place also has a wonderful coffee bar.
  • Kristina’s Flowers (306 Main Street in Manning): Even if you’re not in the market for a bouquet, this local flower shop sells an array of beautiful house plants, yard decor and more.
  • Holistic Health (320 Main Street in Manning): In addition to offering a wide variety of spa and wellness services, Holistic Health has a relaxing retail space that offers beauty products, self-care essentials and more.

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Stop by the Carroll County Freedom Rock

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”17450″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II first began the tradition of Iowa’s Freedom Rock   in 1999. Each year on Memorial Day, Sorensen would repaint a more than 60 ton boulder to thank veterans.

Over time, the popularity of Sorensen’s public art projects grew and the Freedom Rock Tour was born. Today, you can find a Freedom Rock in all 99 of Iowa’s counties with the 100th at Adventure Resort in Altoona, Iowa.

While you’re in Manning, be sure to stop by the Carroll County Freedom Rock to marvel at Sorensen’s piece of public art. During my recent visit, the Freedom Rock was receiving a fresh coat of paint. The update really helped its depictions of local landmarks pop!

Carroll County Freedom Rock, 517 East Street in Manning, Iowa

Pose for a photo with the iowa sign.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”17451″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text css=””]Plan for the perfect photo op with a visit to Manning’s  Trestle Park . Here you’ll find a 10-foot-tall cast concrete sculpture that spells out “IOWA.” Hop in the “O” or pose in front of the sculpture for the perfect photo to commemorate your western Iowa adventure.

Milwaukee Trestle Park, Front Street in Manning, Iowa

Enjoy a cone from sweet treats ice cream shoppe.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”17463″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”17482″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Opt to indulge during your time in Manning with a visit to Sweet Treats Ice Cream Shoppe . This local ice cream shop serves a variety of homemade flavors alongside cakes, cookies, bars and more. I’m always a sucker for ice cream. So, I opted for a cone of the cherry chocolate chip, which definitely didn’t disappoint.

Sweet Treats Ice Cream Shoppe, 308 Main Street in Manning, Iowa

Embrace play at trestle park.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”17453″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Get your steps in and embrace your inner kid with a stop at Manning’s Trestle Park . Located at the base of the historic railroad trestle at the north end of Main Street, this city park is a fun place to unwind and stretch your legs, especially after time spent in the car.

With ample public art and places to enjoy a picnic, Trestle Park is a great place to relax and enjoy the Iowa landscape. Or, if you’re looking for a more active outing, this park also offers paved walking trails and a river canoe access point.

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Tour the Templeton Distillery

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”17465″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Just 10 minutes from Manning you’ll find the famed Templeton Distillery . Known for its Templeton Rye whiskey, this Iowa distillery has established a legacy that extends far beyond its hometown. Learn about the brand’s early history in Templeton and discover how Prohibition impacted liquor manufacturers (and consumers) across Iowa and beyond.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”17466″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]For any whiskey-lover a tour of the distillery is an absolute must. Tours of Templeton Distillery are offered Wednesday through Saturday, and are limited to 10 people per tour group.

Pro Tip : Especially if you’re visiting on a weekend, be sure to book your tour ahead of time as spots tend to sell out.

Templeton Distillery, 209 Rye Avenue in Templeton, Iowa

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Frequently Asked Questions About Manning, Iowa

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Manning, Iowa is located in Carroll County.

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This is the Scott County Freedom Rock. Completing the Freedom Rock tour of all 99 Iowa counties is something my girlfriend and I have been working on for the past few years. We are four rocks away from the end of our journey at this time. Not only do we learn about the military involvement and the contributions of veterans in each county... A lot of times we stumble on other hidden gems, that we had no idea even existed, as we venture further into our own backyard. As happy as I am going to be when hit 99 and finish our Freedom Rock Tour...a little part of me is going to really miss these trips. We'll just have to find another "tour" to pick up! When you are checking out each Freedom Rock make sure you explore the surrounding area for other points of interest. And please remember to support local businesses...! Visit https://www.thefreedomrock.com/ for more information on Iowa's Freedom Rocks and the tour!

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    Clinton County Freedom Rock, near 303 Riverview Dr., Clinton, Iowa. The Clinton County Freedom Rock is located along the Mississippi River and next to the Clinton River Walk/Path. On the side of the rock facing the road are the stories of several Clinton County Veterans starting with Henry Langrehr. He was one of 6,000 who parachuted into ...

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