Railroad Museum shares Sioux City’s rail memories

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Sioux City was once home to one of the largest railroad repair shops in the Midwest. As part of the Milwaukee Road railroad company, the northwest Iowa city had the company’s second largest repair complex. Milwaukee was the largest for the company. Today, the former repair shop serves as the Sioux City Railroad Museum. Situated… Continue Reading …

Sioux City’s Jolly Time museum offers look into local pop corn history

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Popcorn? Or pop corn? Hmmmm…For the folks at Jolly Time in Sioux City, Iowa, they have preferred pop corn since launching the company in 1914. Today, Jolly Time ranks among the top brands nationally. Jolly Time has long been a favorite of people, so the great-granddaughter of founder Cloid Smith thought it would be a… Continue Reading …

Nebraska Passport 2016: Boys Town Hall of History

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“There’s no such thing as a bad boy.” That was Father Flanagan’s belief when it came to helping young boys in need. Father Flanagan founded Boys Town on that belief. Boys Town Hall of History honors Father Flanagan’s contributions. The on-campus museum is housed in an old cafeteria. The first Boys Town home opened in… Continue Reading …

Mike Bjorn’s clothing store dresses up as a Kenosha attraction

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A clothing store AND a tourist attraction. It can only mean one place – Mike Bjorn’s in downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mike Bjorn’s Fine Clothing is home to a never-ending supply of suits and tuxedos, but it’s also the home to a unique museum. Bjorn, who operates the store with his wife and son, didn’t think… Continue Reading …

August Midwest Twitter Chat – Hendricks & Morgan Counties, Indiana

Rural Routes to Main Streets

Disclaimer: Thanks to Visit Hendricks County and Visit Morgan County for sponsoring this post and the August Midwest Travel Twitter Chat.  All opinions and views are ours. Located in Central Indiana – between Bloomington and Indianapolis – lie Hendricks and Morgan Counties. They are connected by food, art, and fun through the Rural Routes to Main Street… Continue Reading …

Sioux City’s Palmer Candy shares its history and goodies

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My dad loved the Twin Bing candy bar. It’s not a traditional candy bar, as it’s more of a mound bar than a flat candy bar. It has a cherry nougat center encased in chocolate and nuts. It doesn’t look appealing, but it tastes so very good. Every Aug. 30th – the anniversary of his… Continue Reading …

Nebraska Passport 2016: Red Cloud Opera House

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My daughters tease me, but I love seeing places where historical figures lived or worked. I’ve seen the homes of President Abraham Lincoln, Bill Clinton, Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman. I’ve the seen the homes or hometowns of Samuel Clemons (Mark Twain), JC Penney, General John J. Pershing, Buffalo Bill Cody and Henry Fonda. Now,… Continue Reading …

Flying high in Omaha with Heartland Helicopter Services

Catching views from outside the helicopter

Ever do something you never really thought you would? I created an adventure bucket list for 2016 in February. Some of the items were pretty tame in nature. Some, like this one – taking a helicopter ride – were a little more unnerving. It was almost as if I was daring myself to do some… Continue Reading …

Cougar Mountain Zoo offers sanctuary for endangered animals

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You would think a place called Cougar Mountain Zoo would have cougars. You would not be wrong. However, during our visit the critters kept their distance. In all fairness it was a bit of a warm day by Washington state standards. The cougars were lounging in the shade the best they could. Cougars – aka… Continue Reading …

Checking out costumes and celebrities at O Comic Con 2016

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Costumes, celebrities and conversations highlighted the 2016 O Comic Con pop culture convention over the weekend. Thousands of people either dressed up as their favorite comic book, anime, movie or television characters or visited to check out the event. The event at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs was well organized. The sponsors learned from… Continue Reading …

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