Last Saturday we drove down to Winterset for a friend's graduation open house. Throughout the day of travel we visited various interesting locations. This post will cover a few of our briefest stops. In depth posts about some of the other places we visited will come later.
The Hastie Station was built in 1933 by Ross and Louis Hastie for the Standard Oil Company. It operated until 1943. It now sits beside the divided highway between Des Moines and Indianola, and is a restoration project of the Warren County Historical Commission.
The Outside Scoop
In Indianola, we noticed a place called The Outside Scoop, which advertised homemade ice cream. So, we decided to stop and give it a try. I definitely had second thoughts upon entering. I didn't like the loud music, and the place did not have the classy feel I prefer. But I went ahead and ordered a small cookies and cream sugar cone ($3.00), and was it good! It was probably some of the best-tasting ice-cream I've ever had.
North River Schoolhouse
The North River Schoolhouse, built in 1874, is on a gravel road near Hogback Bridge in Madison County. It has been restored, but it was closed when we visited. (I think it's only open on special occasions and by appointment.)
John Wayne's Birthplace
John Wayne's birthplace in Winterset looked beautiful with flowers in bloom. The day we were in town was the grand opening of the new John Wayne Museum, but we did not attend.
The county courthouse in Winterset was built in 1876. The grounds were decorated with flags for Memorial Day.
On our way home we drove through Adel, where I snapped this shot of the Dallas County Courthouse.
If I hadn't already eaten five times in the day by the time we got here, I might have been tempted to give pizza and pasta a try at Italian Villages. The mural depicting the Italian countryside caught my eye. It has seen better days, but is still quite attractive in person. I had a great time traveling with Papa and Charity (who are great company), and on our way home we got to watch fireworks (from an unknown town) from the highway: it was a perfect way to end the day.
"'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home." --John Newton
The Hedge Maze
This is the gateway to the hedge maze at the Winterset City Park, added for good measure since I'm linking with:
How was your Memorial Day weekend?