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Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area •Affiliated with the National Park Service •Established by Congress in 1996 •To tell the story of American agriculture •Building partnerships to tell the story •Assisting partners through grants program •Brochures, signage & website for the visitor •Assisting tour operators in creating tours


37 Counties, 20,000 Square Miles


95 Partner Sites •Museums •Farms •Industries •Natural Areas


Hayden Prairie


Effigy Mounds National Monument


Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge


Living an Iowa Farm Experience “LIFE” Tours Group Travel Program •Locating farms & businesses •Creating itineraries •Attending industry marketplaces •Booking sites & attractions •Providing maps and escort notes


Touring restored immigrant farm at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum


National Mississippi River Museum at Dubuque


Tour of Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch with costumed interpreter


Dan McFarland performs a Native American ceremony for group


Group tours milking parlor at a dairy where 1000 cows are milked.


Farmer Julie Miller (r.) explains her and husband’s 60-cow dairy


Kevin Miller explains different cattle feed rations to visitors.


Pattison Brothers Grain Terminal at Clayton in former silica mine


Watching a barge move through Lock & Dam #10 on the Mississippi.


Farmer Dick Jensen gives an ecology lesson on his farm’s nature trail.


Group checking out sustainable farming operation in Zearing


Motorcoach Travel • Reduces fuel per person usage. • Offers experiences not available to travelers in personal vehicles. • Offers opportunity for group discussion of educational travel experiences.


Motorcoach Travel Economic Impact •Overnight coach leaves $5,094 to $11,264 in a destination’s economy •$15 per person spending at restaurants •$35 per person spending at retail outlets •$268 per person spending at hotels $35 per person spending at attractions

Source: American Bus Association


For More Information‌

www.silosandsmokestacks.org or call Peter Jorgensen at 563-387-0305

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