Oddball Iowa

Oddball Iowa

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This zany travel guide presents a more peculiar state than the Iowa Tourism Office might like out-of-towners to imagine. Leaving out the traditional scenic trips to the Mississippi River bluffs and the Amana Colonies, this guide will take the adventurous traveler to the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, the home of the Lonely Goat Herder marionettes from The Sound of Music, and the world's largest Cheeto. To enhance the experience of this unusual side of Iowa, the guide includes facts about numerous events in Iowa's history, such as Ozzy Osbourne's infamous bat-biting incident and Jesse James's first moving-train robbery. Iowa is depicted as the birthplace of the Roto-Rooter, the Delicious apple, the electronic computer, the reinforced concrete bridge, and the Eskimo pie. The accompanying photographs and maps will direct travelers to other fun vacation spots and attractions, including the butter sculptures at the Iowa State Fair, the annual National Skillet Throw, the Hobo Convention and Museum, the Ice Cream Capital of the World, and the National Balloon Museum.They didna#39;t have time to celebrate, however: World War II broke out, both inventors enlisted in the service, and neither man nor ISU applied for a patent. ... Durham Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (515) 294-6136 Hours: Mondaya€“Friday 8 . .a€“9 . . Cost: Free www.iastate.edu Directions: On campus, southwest of the Parks Library, southeast of Bissell Rd. and Osborn Dr. Abbie Gardneranbsp;...

Title:Oddball Iowa
Author: Jerome Pohlen
Publisher:Chicago Review Press - 2005-04-01

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