Monday, August 3, 2015

Covered Bridges of Madison County and other interesting sites in Winterset IIowa

After spending last Wednesday catching up with family, Hubby and I spent Thursday touring the covered bridges of Madison County and other sites in Winterset Iowa. We spent a couple of hours touring the Madison County Historical Complex.

We then took the scenic drive up to Clark Tower. “Clark Tower is a castle-like limestone tower located in Winterset City Park was erected in 1926, on the eightieth anniversary of the founding of Madison County, in memory of Caleb Clark, a stonemason who was the first white settler of Madison County, and his wife Ruth Clanton Clark. The tower stands at a height of 25 feet.” I loved the drive through the woods and the surprise when we got to our goal. We had never heard of Clark Tower and had no idea what it looked like. It was very cool.

Road up to tower.

Clark Tower

view from top of tower
 We next checked out a couple of covered bridges. They are pretty cool, too. This was an interesting fact we learned that day. The bridges were covered to protect the roadway, because it was cheaper to replace the boards of the roof and walls, then the heavy beams of the actual bridge.

Cutler-Donahoe Bridge was built in 1870 by Eli Cox and moved to its present site in Winterset's City Park in 1970.

Cedar Covered Bridge 

Cedar Covered Bridge is the only Madison County covered bridge that vehicles are still permitted to drive across.
A trip to Winterset isn’t complete without a stop at the John Wayne museum. Winterset is the birthplace of John Wayne as most know. We toured the museum especially enjoying the 15 minute movie before you enter the museum. Tour of the museum also came with a tour of his home until he was three and the family moved to California

Childhood home of John Wayne

It was a fun and interesting day. Learned a lot about an area only a couple of hours from home. Do you have interesting things to see in your area? I suggest you take the time to check them out, if you haven't. I am glad we did. In fact, we are thinking of checking out a few other interesting areas in our state.

You can read more about the Winterset Iowa here;

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