Historical Travel

The Magic of the Music Man in Mason City Iowa

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My friend Sara Broers of Travels With Sara, had told me that her home town of Mason City Iowa was the birthplace of Meredith Willson, the composer, musician and playwright of the famous of play the Music Man.  I knew that in Mason City there was a museum, and that the Meredith Willson’s home was […]

Stumbling on the Lewis Round Barn Museum

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How’s the song go?  “Some day’s are diamonds, some days are gold”, this past Saturday was both a diamond and gold!  Keith and I struck it rich when we found the lovely Lewis Round Barn Museum.  On our way to a flea market at the Adams County Fairgrounds, we spied the Lewis Round Barn Museum […]

Staybridge Inn & Suites

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So, when I was on the Hendrick’s County press trip a while back, I won this awesome Girls Getaway package at the Staybridge Inn & Suites in Plainfield, Indiana.  Jennifer, their marketing guru set up our trip and I got a chance to stay two nights with my mom and sister at their beautiful Plainfield, […]

The Beautiful Surf Ballroom!

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History The original Surf Ballroom was built-in 1934 by Carl J. Fox.  Sadly the original ballroom burned April 1947, but the next ballroom was built by July of 1948 at a cost of $300,000. With its beach club motif, the Surf Ballroom is the perfect name and it was the perfect venue for the first […]

Alton's Gentle Giant turns 100

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Robert Pershing Wadlow was 8’ 11.1” by the time he died at the young age of 22 in 1940.  Today he still holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest man to ever live! Robert was born in Alton, Illinois on February 22, 1918 and I visited the River City along with my friends Annie […]