I spent a few days in eastern Iowa. One of my destinations each day was to the Amana Colonies for good food and other treats. I became well known at a local meat market. No not the disco type place , but a good source for meats, cheeses, bread and milk. The colonies were established by a group of German people who broke away from the Lutheran Church in the middle 1700's. They often were persecuted for their beliefs and moved around looking for an area they could benefit from. Moving to the states in the early 1800's they first settled in New York before coming to eastern Iowa. They shared meals prepared in communal kitchens, four to six kitchens were in each of the seven established villages. nobody cooked in their homes. Most of the homes and buildings were constructed with a local sandstone.They produced all that they used and needed, not looking outside of their world for anything needed. Their lifestyle continued into the 1930's when their group slowly split up and combined with the local populace. Their legacy still is maintained and local restaurants serve family style, each side dish in a bowl to serve around the table.
I liked the usage of scrap metals to make these draft horses. The heads are made from milk cans.
Today many shops exist to appeal to the tourists who visit. I was amused with this one that appeals to those who enjoy large ornamentation in their yards.
Local sandstone was used to build many buildings and homes.
The remnants of an early power plant for a woolen mill. The stream next to this also provided power to work the mill with.
This is now a small hotel.
I often analyze what people place in their yards for ornamentation. This is one store you can find just about anything. I can't believe I left empty handed.LOL
Virgo streaked skies
Always evoke a gentle dream
Softly falling on the prairie's shoulders.