~IOWA~

It was Sunday morning when I woke up in Iowa. I was treated to the sky photo below as I drove out of the Mississippi River Valley. Then out of nowhere the fog came. Well, I drove into a foggy area. There weren't many others up and about when I reached Postville. You can see nearly the entire town in the two photos below. In Des Moines, I saw the beautiful golden dome of their capitol building and a memorial to the Iowans who were present at Pearl Harbor. But the corn, the corn goes on forever. It lines both sides of the road for miles and miles at a time.


The Iowa morning sky looking east over the Mississippi River Valley





The fog ahead

And the fog behind and sunrise ???

Postville looking west from the east end

And looking east from the western edge

The Des Moines skyline

The capitol building

The golden dome

The Liberty bell in Iowa
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in Independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

The replica of the Statue of Liberty
in Des Moines

The torch at the Memorial to those
Iowans who served at Pearl Harbor

The Memorial

The corn goes on forever.

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