Swedesburg, Iowa is where we took a short stop on our way to pick up little Olivia in Missouri on Memorial Day. Mom has driven by this town many times, and Bailie too, but never stopped. It was time to finally see what makes this place so special.
From the road, one can see the giant Yule Goat. Knowing our mom, that means a photo opp, so we must stop. I have to admit, it was a pretty cool looking thing on the side of the highway!
We drove just off the highway a quarter of a mile to find the Swedesburg Swedish American Museum and Historical Society. To our surprise, it was open on a holiday. Right next to the building was a huge fourteen foot tall Dala Horse named Ole, the largest one in all of Iowa. We posed, and just as Mom was about to snap the shot, a squirrel ran by! Yes, squirrels are everywhere in the world…probably even in outer space! Of course, our camera focus was gone for the duration of that photo shoot.
This town was developed by Swedish immigrants in 1864. In it’s heyday, there were one hundred citizens, but most of the time is has averaged more like ninety. It’s built on swampy land, so the immigrants had to drain tile their fields in order to make the land suitable for farming. Above is a photo of the first house in the town.
The little post office is pretty darn adorable…and very small.
Inside the museum and store, our co pilot took a ten minute tour of the museum, and loaded up on facts while Mom did some shopping. The tour was good we heard. It looked like rain outside. We had the car windows and roof open, and Mom didn’t want it to rain in the car. From the store, she could keep an eye on the weather. Mom bought herself a sweatshirt, and this mug. I hope she gives it to someone as a gift as Bailie said the soup was a bit weird tasting!
On the way out of town, we stopped to try to get some shots with the Yule Goat. The ground was saturated with water, which made things difficult. Our co pilot grabbed this shot of Mom trying to wrangle us around for a good shot. It was super windy too, and she forgot to put her hair back.
Finally we got an okay shot, nothing fantastic, but this Yule dude was sure fun to see, and big! It was time to get back on the road to pick up Olivia. Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a break in a new place to see new things. Out in the middle of nowhere, one can find some fun stuff!
We’re joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard as they are hosting the Nature Friday Blog Hop and we are out in nature.