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WELCOME The Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Messenger invite you to visit the Fort Dodge region. Whether to re-connect with family, friends, and colleagues or explore local attractions, this guide will introduce visitors to the outstanding opportunities available in the area. Our destination strives to provide our guests with an experience to help them take a break from life’s worries, fulfill their sense of adventure, all the while creating memories that last a lifetime. Our lodging properties, attractions, restaurants, and shops work hard to ensure you a memorable and safe visit by implementing the necessary cleaning procedures and precautions. It’s easy to DODGE THE ORDINARY when outdoor recreation abounds in the Fort Dodge region. Inspiring outdoor opportunities include 70 miles of water trails, 65 miles of off-highway vehicle trails, 45 miles of equestrian trails, 30 miles of paved bike trails, 10 miles of mountain bike trails, snowmobile trails,

and multiple hiking options in parks throughout the area. Multiple fishing areas are available to catch bass, walleye, bluegill, perch, catfish, and muskies. For the hunter, public hunting areas are easily accessible. The county has six golf courses, a dog park, disc golf courses, aquatic centers, and a sports complex. DODGE THE ORDINARY is effortless while enjoying arts and culture in the region with renowned public art, museums, active DIY art studios, galleries, theatre performances, and live music. Other familyentertainment options include a family-owned orchard and family fun center. Our restaurants offer a vibrant food culture, as does our wineries and breweries. Local shopping consists of a mix of unique boutiques and small shops in the downtowns with larger national retail chains in Fort Dodge itself.

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DODGE THE ORDINARY COMMUNITY STATISTICS Webster County’s largest community is Fort Dodge, population 24,846; 10,169 households; and median household income: $38,380

Iowa communities large and small, travel Historic Route 20 from Dubuque to Sioux City through the original 1926 alignment. www.historicus20.com/iowa

Webster County’s labor force is 19,777 strong with a 4.2 percent jobless rate.

The Fort Dodge Regional Airport offers direct flights on United Express by SkyWest to Chicago. Refer to its website for airline schedules.

Fort Dodge is located conveniently on U.S. Highway 20, which is four lanes from Dubuque to Sioux City. For those who want to experience the true character of

HAVE YOUR MEETING IN FORT DODGE Create a memorable meeting or conference for your organization. Located in the middle of Iowa, Fort Dodge can be a convenient spot to hold your event. Fort Dodge offers a variety of meeting spaces, including traditional conference center, college facilities, frontier opera house, and an entertainment center. Fort Dodge offers 11 branded hotels all located within 15 minutes of any Fort Dodge meeting space.

Multiple opportunities exist for evening entertainment; theater production, breweries/ wineries, camp facilities, banquet facilities, a familyowned orchard, tea room, history and art museums, retreat center, progressive dining events and more. The Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau can assist with organizing your next convention, meeting, reunion and event. Contact them at 515573-4282 or fdconvention@frontiernet.net.

AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO WEBSTER COUNTY AND FORT DODGE Finding an adventure is easy in Webster County and Fort Dodge. Recreational opportunities in the region include 65 miles of off-highway vehicle riding in Gypsum City OHV Park, two statedesignated water trails flowing 65 miles, 100-plus snowmobile trails, 30 miles of connected multiuse paved trails, mountain bike trails, fishing lakes and ponds, parks, six golf courses, a new and expansive aquatic center, a sports complex and an equestrian park with 45 miles of multi-use trails. The arts are alive in the region, as well, with an outstanding fine art museum, more than six community theater groups, symphony

performances, vocal and instrumental performance groups and art studios active DIY art studio. Other attractions include the Pioneer era museum with more than 20 buildings of collections, a familyowned orchard, wineries and breweries. Hundreds of events are held throughout the year including concerts, theater, festivals, cook-offs, car shows, markets, car races and tournaments. Webster County and Fort Dodge will deliver more than you expect.

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FROM INSTITUTIONS DEDICATED TO ART EDUCATION TO PUBLIC OUTDOOR PIECES AND MEMORIALS, THE ARTS ABOUND IN WEBSTER COUNTY AND EYE-CATCHING ART ADORNS FORT DODGE COMMUNITY.

Freedom Rock Second Avenue South and A Street Another patriotic painting dedicated to those who served can be found at the Freedom Rock Trailhead. Artist Ray “Bubba’’ Sorenson II painted several scenes on a 25,000-pound boulder as part of the Freedom Rock statewide project. Specific to Webster County, the rock includes a nod to the military history of the area, along with depictions of Medal of Honor recipient Darrell Lindsay and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient Willis Moeller, both of whom were Webster County residents who served in World War II. An informational kiosk has also been erected for the multi-purpose recreation trail accessible there.

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Blanden Memorial Art Museum 920 Third Ave. S. The Blanden Memorial Art Museum was constructed in 1932, but don’t let its long-standing presence fool you, said Pamela Kay, business office and membership manager for the museum. Activities, exhibits, education and outreach efforts are continually happening. “We change all the time,’’ she said. “It’s just amazing what we have going on.’’ The Blanden Memorial Art Museum has three galleries and regularly features rotating exhibits curated from its sizable permanent collection. That permanent collection includes Modernist European and American paintings, African masks and sculptures, glassworks and Japanese prints and screens. Artists such as Marc Chagall, Grant Wood and Maurice Prendergast are represented. To further engage visitors, the museum offers tablets that provide an interactive experience by scanning codes that then pull up additional information about featured pieces and the artists that created them.

Veterans Memorial Park Northwest corner of John F. Kennedy Memorial Park The Veterans Memorial Park is a green space and natural ampitheater dedicated to military men and women from the county who served, fought, went missing or died in the name of freedom. The park includes multiple patriotic-themed sculptures, one of which is called “Going Home”. It depicts an angel lifting a fallen soldier. A path leads visitors through the flowering trees and past black granite markers and pavers with the service members’ names. Flags representing each of the branches of service are flown at the base of the hillside that overlooks Badger Lake.

In addition, traveling exhibits by visiting artists from throughout the region bring high-caliber prints, paintings, ceramics and a variety of creations to Fort Dodge for people to view. Opening receptions for the different exhibits are regularly held and are open to the public, Kay said, because the museum wants to encourage the community to meet and interact with the artists. Art education and outreach are important principles for the Blanden, she said. In addition to the annual Blanden Arts Festival in June, the museum offers summer art camps, art history lectures, poetry readings and classes for both children and adults. Visitors are often pleasantly amazed by how vibrant the arts are in the region, as well as the level of talent and support to be found, Kay said. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. More information is available online at www.blanden.org or by calling 515-573-2316.

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Public art The newest piece of public art, called “Chronicle’’ debuted in 2019 at the corner of First Avenue South and Ninth Street. Represents the history of Fort Dodge. Its base represents gypsum, as viewed under a microscope, because gypsum mining was and is a key industry. Protruding from the sculpture at a right angle is an architectural element called a corbel to represent the days when Fort Dodge was called Little Chicago and many significant buildings were constructed. The central column of the sculpture represents growth like a plant emerging from a seed. A modern study of movement called “Parade’’ stands at Fifth Avenue South and Eighth Street. Created by William King, it is said to embody community spirit and poke fun at human action and interaction. Science and art combine in one of the multiple pieces on display on the Iowa Central Community College campus. Created by Jesse Bogenrief, of Spencer, the sculpture is a recycled, handblown glass and metal piece depicting strands of DNA. It is in the Bioscience and Health Sciences Building. An original public art mosaic was made exclusively for the Fort Dodge Regional Airport, 1639 Nelson Ave. Called “Over the Tree Tops!”, the wall was created by Michael Sweere, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He said he wanted to capture the thrill of taking off over the local landscape on a late summer day. Famous composer and bandleader Karl L. King is honored with a life-sized statue in the park which bears his name on the Fort Dodge City Square. King moved to Fort Dodge in 1920, owned a music publishing company and led the municipal band that would eventually carry his name. He gained in fame and popularity composing and playing for touring circuses, including Barnum & Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth”. A suite in the library is dedicated to preserving information on King and his music.

Another public art piece can be found at the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. It incorporates the front of the building as well as books, brass, granite, gold leaf and bronze. Called “Riversong Anthology”, it was created by Harriet Bart and represents wisdom, knowledge, free speech and the communication of ideas. Scattered throughout Fort Dodge at local businesses are painted pianos. Organized by the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association, the public art project came about after a family sought to get rid of a piano they possessed. Artists painted scenes and images reflective of the business or place where the piano is placed. Thus far, Soldier Creek Winery, First American Bank, Fort Dodge City Hall, Fort Frenzy, The Fort Museum and Frontier Village, Camp WaNoKi, Fort Dodge Regional Airport, Shimkat Motor Co., Shiny Top Brewing, Friendship Haven Memory Unit and Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association Gallery boast a uniquely designed piano.

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OUTDOOR

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Bicycling, walking, running The Prairie River Trails network is a 25-mile multi-purpose trail system that moves through Fort Dodge and the surrounding rural area, linking both city and county parks with schools, attractions and businesses. The system enables people to travel from Iowa Central Community College on the west side of Fort Dodge to John F. Kennedy Memorial Park north of the city without leaving a trail. Established and dedicated bicycle lanes on nearby streets provide for even more mobility and options. “The trail system offers a variety of experiences,’’ said Matt Cosgrove, director of Webster County Conservation. “You can train for a marathon or just take a short family bike ride on a Sunday afternoon.’’ Parking and informational kiosks are available in Fort Dodge at Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center, 1111 N. 32nd St.; the riverfront area on Meriwether Drive; Snell-Crawford Park on Williams Drive; and John F. Kennedy Memorial Park on Nelson Avenue just north of Fort Dodge.

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your bicycle ride. For amazing scenery, the Phinney Park Trail and Loomis Park Trail are great options.’’ The trails along the Des Moines River highlight the beauty of the city and the region, Cosgrove said, and the section leading out past fields and farms to John F. Kennedy Memorial Park can offer a challenge for runners and walkers looking for distance while bike riders may face the push of the wind.

Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding Brushy Creek State Recreation Area near Lehigh offers 45 miles of multi-use trails weaving through fields and woods and circling around a 690 acre lake. The trails can be used for horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike riding.

Each section of the system offers something special, Cosgrove said.

The site offers two equestrian day use staging areas where trailers and transports can be parked and trails can be accessed for rides. One area is adjacent to the North Equine campground and one is located in the southern portion of the park, near the South Equine campground. Pit latrine facilities are provided and parking is free.

“The Nature Trail is a ‘must-do’ for walkers and runners,” he said, “and the trail to Harlan Rogers Sports Complex and Kennedy Park is a great option for adding distance to

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and restroom, electric hook-ups, a horse wash area, a hitch rail at every site and an arena. Water hydrants with potable water are available, as are picnic tables, grills, and a playground. The South Equine campground has a modern shower and restroom with sites including electric, non-electric sites, and full water and sewer hookup sites. Reservations for the campsites can be made at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Camping. Walk-up sites are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Other features of the site are a beach, four boat ramps, a fishing pier, picnic areas and two shooting ranges. Dolliver Memorial State Park, located along the Des Moines River near Otho, offers picnic areas, trails, campsites and a boat ramp.

Dragoon Etching Trail The Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes visitors with the opportunity to participate in the Dragoon Etching Trail, a perfect family adventure. The Dragoon Etching Trail is a scavenger hunt for children and a way to draw attention to 15 sites that are open to the public located in Fort Dodge and Webster County. It is an outdoor activity available during the warm weather months. Children can pick up a Dragoon Pack at AmericInn by Wyndham, the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Country Inn by Radission, and Jeff Haupts State Farm Insurance. Each pack will contain a spiral bound booklet and package of 4 crayons. The notepad will have clues for finding each etching post site, a place for a crayon rub, information on the site and post sponsor information.

Dog action Waggin’ Tails Dog Park, 725 S. 32nd St., offers fenced-in running space and fun agility obstacles for dogs and their owners to stay active together. The park is open from dawn to dusk every day to anyone that has a membership. People without a membership can stop in next door at Almost Home Animal Shelter between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday to purchase a daily pass. An annual membership costs $60 for the first dog with $20 for each additional dog. Daily passes are $5 for the first dog and $2.50 for each additional dog. Proof of current rabies and distemper for each dog that uses the park is required. Proceeds from the park admission go to help Almost Home, a no-kill animal shelter serving the north central Iowa region. Almost Home is a nonprofit organization that relies completely on donations to fund its operations. More information on the shelter and the dog park is available online at www.almosthomeiowa.org/index.html. Call for hours.

Gypsum City OHV Park Gypsum City OHV Park south of Fort Dodge is a destination for allterrain vehicle, dirt bike, and snowmobile riders. Currently the park is 800 acres and has 55 miles trails for atvs, off road motorcycles and side by sides units. The park includes a 15 acre, 1.5 mile motocross track, a .4 mile kids’ track, a beginner/safety training area, mudding area and challenge trails. It also includes fishing ponds. A 33-site campground. Site amenities will include water, electricity, picnic table, and grill. A men’s and women’s shower/ restroom, dump station, informational kiosk and park office are on-site with 3 Tiny Home Cabins are available within the park they also added new tracks in 2020.

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CELEBRATE WITH ANNUAL EVENTS Performing arts • The Karl King Municipal Band, Fort Dodge, provides a summer concert series in the Karl King Bandshell in Oleson Park and an indoor concert series held in Decker Auditorium of Iowa Central Community College. Admission is free. The performances are usually held on a Sunday afternoon once a month. More information is available online at https://www. facebook.com/karlkingband. • The Fort Dodge Choral Society has been performing for more than 50 years. This volunteer group of vocalists come from Fort Dodge and several surrounding communities. They share an enjoyment of choral art and fine singing, presenting four shows each season. More information is available online at www.fdchoralsociety.org. • The Fort Dodge Area Symphony has been performing classical selections and providing educational experiences for emerging young musicians since 1949. It presents four concerts each season. More information is available online at http://www.fdsymphony.org. • Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. 12th St., offers a chance for people to get involved in acting and performance, whether it is on stage or behind the scenes. The volunteer theater group presents six shows each season ranging from drama to comedy and even a children’s feature. More information is available online at http://www.hawkeyetheatre.com/ or https:// www.facebook.com/HawkeyeCommunityTheatre/. • Comedia Musica Players presents one musical a year, drawing on talent from throughout the community and surrounding area. In the past they have performed such large scale productions as “The Music Man,” “Mary Poppins,” and “The Addams Family.” More information is available online at https://www.comediamusica.com/ or https://www.facebook. com/comediamusicaplayers/. • Stage Door Productions www.stagedoorfd.com and Facebook page is www.facebook.com/stagedoorfd.

Concerts & Music • Lizard Creek Blues Society of North Central Iowa brings live performers to area venues to foster the blues and music scene. It helps promote local performances and organize two of their own shows each year, one is a day-long outdoor festival called Blues Under the Trees. More information is available online at https://www.facebook.com/lizardcreekblues/ or http://www. lizardcreekblues.org/. • Shellabration brings big name classic rock bands to Fort Dodge each year and offers local bands an opportunity to be their opening act. The concert draws thousands from all over to share a night of music and fun. Previous acts include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, The Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis and the News and ZZ Top. More information is available online at www. facebook.com/Shellabration-Inc-299581923944/.

• Downtown Country Jam, also organized by the Shellabration committee, has featured country acts LOCASH and Granger Smith. The event is held in Downtown Fort Dodge at the corner of Central Avenue and Ninth Street in September. More information on upcoming events is available online at https:// www.facebook.com/Shellabration-Inc

Festivals & Events • Frontier Days will take place in June. It includes a parade in Historic Downtown Fort Dodge down Central Avenue and activities at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village. • The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S., organizes a summer juried art show on its grounds each year that includes musical and stage performances from local groups, as well as children’s art, crafts and activities. • Lehigh River Days is an annual community festival meant to bring together neighbors and friends with a parade, games and activities, such as softball, mud volleyball and even log rolling. It is held the third weekend of June. More information is available online at www.facebook.com/Lehigh-RiverDays-355262727631/. • Badgerfest is an annual summer celebration held in June in the town of Badger. It features a parade, water fights hosted by the Badger Volunteer Fire Department, a greased pig contest and a concert in the evening. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/badgerfestiowa • The Gowrie Independence Day Celebration is one of the longest running patriotic events in the state. It is known for its parade and the annual American Legion Peterson Post 431 entry. It includes six floats carrying more than 270 American flags, one for each veteran buried in the Gowrie Township Cemetery or a past member of the post More information on all of the events is available online at www.gowrie.org/eventsindependence-day. • The Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash event offers the unique opportunity to witness dragon boat racing. It includes a lakeside concert on the beach the night before competition that features the popular regional band. On Saturday, local companies, businesses and organizations go head-to-head in paddling on the lake. More information is available online at http://bldba. com/. • The Dayton Championship Rodeo is held every year over Labor Day weekend. It brings together the entire community with a parade, carnival rides, vendors, games and rodeo shows. More information is available online at www.daytonrodeo.com/. Over 80 years of rodeo tradition in Dayton PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Action) - many events held at Dayton Rodeo Grounds thru warm weather months. Live music at wineries and micro breweries. Webster County Fairgrounds has Flea Markets and Hillbilly Sales held monthly.

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LOCAL

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THE RESTAURANTS THROUG HOUT FORT DODGE AND WEBSTER COUNTY OFFER SOMETHING TO SATISFY EVERY HUNGER. Burgers remain a staple for pubs, grills and fast food restaurants throughout the county. Fort Dodge is home of many award winning restaurants both locally and state wide. In a state where pigs outnumber people, it’s not surprising to find breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches filling restaurant menus. Sometimes a change in flavor is just what the tastebuds require. To fulfill that need, Webster County and Fort Dodge offer restaurants with Italian, Mexican and Asian cuisine. And don’t forget pizza. There are plenty of places offering pizzas throughout the community, whether you want a pie delivered or just want to grab a slice for lunch. Some micro breweries are the newest additions to the food scene. And for dessert, don’t forget the ice cream. Wineries and micro breweries add a new taste of place to the beverage scene.

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Here are some of the many restaurants to be found in Fort Dodge and Webster County:

4th St Depot Amigos Buford’s Steak House & BBQ Casablanca Steak House Central Perk & Dessert Community Tap & Pizza The Dariette Domino’s Hacienda Vieja Hy-Vee Larita’s Cakes ‘N More

Peking Garden Rides Bar & Grill Soldier Creek Winery Stumpy’s Bar & Grill Taco Tico Tom Thumb Hamburgers Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers Willow Ridge Golf Course & Restaurant

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LAWN CARE • Mowing & Edging • Seed & Lawn renovation • 5-Step Lawn Care • Seasonal Clean-ups • Snow Removal

LANDSCAPE SERVICES • Residential & Commercial • Landscape Design • Landscape Build • Maintenance Design, Retaining Walls, Patio, Driveways Walkways, Plantings, Mulch & So Much More!

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HISTORICAL adventure

A VARIETY OF WAYS EXIST FOR VISITORS TO GO BACK IN TIME AND LEARN ABOUT THE INDVIDUALS, INDUSTRIES AND ARCHITECTURE THAT SHAPED THE COMMUNITIES AND PLACES IN WEBSTER COUNTY.

Museums The Fort Museum and Frontier Village, 1 Museum Road, Fort Dodge, captures the past and connects it with the present with special events, programs and collections. The History Ambassadors interactive tour. Brings history alive and makes it relatable to people, the tour features vignettes of life in early Fort Dodge. The videos were done by local actors. They come up on your smartphones as you move through the museum. Visitors scan the code for the building and a video uploaded to YouTube will begin playing. Costumed actors bring back the feeling of the period while explaining the past of the structure, as well as the duties, chores and tasks of each job associated with it. The videos range from 30 seconds to two minutes in length. A unique must-see at the museum complex is the Cardiff Giant, a 10-foot-tall carving of a

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frontier days resting man. It is a replica of the one created by George Hull and buried on a farm near Cardiff, New York, in 1869. Hull used gypsum quarried from Fort Dodge to create his “petrified man” that went on to tour the nation as proof giants once roamed the earth. It was a giant hoax that fooled the nation. People really bought it, hook, line and sinker. The museum is also noted for its military collection, replica stockade, and the restored carriage of John F. Duncombe, a lawyer, newspaper editor, and state senator from Fort Dodge. The complex includes 18 original and replica buildings and commemorates the 1850s era when the town of Fort Dodge got its start. Seasonal, the Fort Museum and Frontier Village is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Business offices are open year-round and group tours can be scheduled in the winter months. The museum can be contacted by calling 515-573-4231.

Walking Tours Touring the past is a bit easier since the Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission placed 13 plaques throughout downtown. The informational signs mark sites where historic buildings once stood. They can be found on First Avenue South, Central Avenue and First Avenue North from 12th Street down to Third Street. Each plaque has an image of the building that used to be at the site, as well as the background of that structure. “We have an interesting history,” said Rick Carle, chairman of the Preservation Commission, “and people aren’t always aware of it.” At one time, he said, Fort Dodge was near the top of the list for having the most skyscrapers per capita in the United States. In the early 1900s, any building with more than six floors constituted a skyscraper and Fort Dodge had several as part of its skyline. In fact, he added, you can still drive down Central Avenue and see plenty of buildings that qualify under that designation. Some of the plaques erected include the site where the former

Eilers Hotel stood before it burned down in a major fire in 1994. The hotel was built in 1874. The Fort Dodge Public Library now stands in its place. Another nearby plaque marks the site of the first brick building in Fort Dodge. The building was constructed shortly after the military post was established across the street on the lot where the former Wahkonsa School, now Iowa Department of Human Services, sits at 330 First Ave. N. A plaque can also be found marking the site of a historic post office in Fort Dodge where the Trolley Center is now located on Central Avenue and Ninth Street.

Oak Hill Historic District The Oak Hill Historic District is a four-block residential section south of downtown Fort Dodge that consists of 15 homes reflective of the changing architectural styles of the post Civil War period (1870-1910). Among the styles present are French Second Empire, Queen Anne, East Lake, Craftsman, Jacobethan Revival and Prairie. The district is on the National Register of Historic Places and is said to be representative of the Golden Age of Fort Dodge. It encompasses Second and Third avenues south from Eighth to 12th streets. People can explore the district by beginning at the RinglandSmeltzer House, 1019 Second Ave. S., an example of the Jacobethan Revival style created by noted architect Solon Spencer Beman from Chicago. The Ringland-Smeltzer family was very influential economically and culturally in Fort Dodge and the region. George Ringland held a patent for the improvement of plaster which revolutionized the building industry, and he was one of the founders of U.S. Gypsum Co. The family’s art collection eventually became the basis for the permanent collection of the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, which is also located in the historic district. 2021 WEBSTER COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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Another home of note in the district is the Vincent House, 824 Third Ave. S. Built in 1872, the home originally belonged to drugstore owners James and Adelaine Swain. Adelaine Swain was the first woman in Iowa to run for statewide public office. The couple was also known for conducting seances in the third floor ballroom as part of the Spiritualist movement popular across the nation at that time. The Swains sold the home to Webb Vincent in 1879. Webb Vincent was a businessman with interests in the gypsum industry. The house remained in the Vincent family until 1969 when Anne R. Vincent died. It was then bequeathed to the YWCA and has since been made available to be rented out for meetings and social gatherings. The Fort Dodge Women’s Club, 915 Second Ave. S., is another home of interest in the historic district. It was once the home of Jonathon P. Dolliver, a lawyer and popular orator who served as a U.S senator. A sign detailing his life is erected outside the large brick house.

Cemeteries Oakland Cemetery is on the north side of Fort Dodge overlooking Soldier Creek. It was laid out in 1859 by Egbert Bagg, an architect from New York. Oakland Cemetery is the resting place for several notable people who were part of the development of the community and the state. “It’s pretty significant,” said Carle, “and it’s a nice place for a walk. When it was established it was laid out like a park with places for people to gather and be together.” The Friends of Oakland Cemetery is a group organized to preserve and restore the historic final resting place. To raise funds and awareness, the organization conducts the Oakland Cemetery Walk, an annual event during which local costumed actors bring to life some of the more notable people buried in the cemetery. Among the graves that can be found in Oakland Cemetery are those of Maj. William Williams, founder of Fort Dodge; Cyrus Clay Carpenter, a governor of Iowa; Jonathon P. Dolliver, a U.S. senator and legislator; and Lili Damita, a 1920s film star once married to Errol Flynn. Also in the cemetery is a Civil War memorial monument created by a local sculptor and Civil War veteran, William Pollock.

reported include restless spirits of Native Americans who originally used the area for burials, as well as a tale of a young girl who died as her family moved through the area and now sits on her gravestone and watches as people walk by.

Natural Points of Interest Skillet Creek Indian Mounds is a county preserve five miles east of Dayton, just north of the Iowa Highway 175 bridge on River Road near the Carlson Recreation Area. It includes an interpretive hiking trail up the limestone bluff that overlooks Skillet Creek and the Des Moines River. At the top of the wooded bluff are five conical burial mounds and one lineal ceremonial mound built by a prehistoric Woodland tribe. Officials estimate the mounds were constructed 2,000 to 1,500 years ago. At the bottom of the hill are a few remains of a former mining town called Hard Scrabble. The rusted frame of a vehicle among the trees is one of the items left by the settlers who once filled the thriving 1890s mining community. While the town is no more, private residences still surround the preserve. The Diggins is a seven-acre property along the eastern bank of the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge. The site, a county wildlife preserve, contains numerous coal excavation areas. Mineral mining shaped the history of the community and Webster County with the manufacturing of locally mined and milled gypsum products continuing to fuel the economy. An interpretive trail was established by Eagle Scouts to guide people on a hike through the scenic area that is blanketed with wildflowers in the spring. To reach The Diggins, take North 15 Street until almost out of town. Turn west on North 15th Place, the road after Corpus Christi Cemetery and across from North Lawn Cemetery. Then turn west on 25th Avenue North and go straight to the dead end.

Vegors Cemetery was officially established in 1849 on top of a hill overlooking the joining of the Des Moines and Boone rivers east of Lehigh off Webster County Road D46 on Xavier Avenue, near the border with Hamilton County. The Boone Forks Wildlife Management Area is nearby. A tall white obelisk was placed in the cemetery in 1911 to mark the grave of Mrs. Henry Lott, the first white woman settler in Webster County in 1846. The site originally contained five mounds made by prehistoric Woodlands people, at least one of which was a burial mound. A stone marker has been erected to show the northern section of where the mounds lie. Also, a grave was established, where, in 1960, the remains of several prehistoric people were reburied. They had originally been found on a hill top southeast of the mouth of the Boone River. Vegors Cemetery is rumored to be haunted and has been referenced by multiple paranormal investigative groups. The stories 2021 WEBSTER COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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WEBSTER COUNTY PROVIDES A VARIETY OF MEANS FOR FAMILIES TO BE ACTIVE, HAVE FUN TOGETHER AND TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF APPRECIATION FOR ONE ANOTHER AND THEIR SURROUNDINGS.

Camping Spending time together in the great outdoors is one of the biggest benefits of camping, according to Matt Cosgrove, director of Webster County Conservation. “It’s a chance to get away a little bit and reconnect with one another,” he said. “There’s also a beneficial connection to be had with the natural environment and a certain value in unplugging and getting away.” John F. Kennedy Memorial Park north of Fort Dodge offers 75 camping spots, as well as a rental camping cabin and yirts. After the tent is up or the camper is parked, families can visit the park’s nature center, wander the hiking trails, spend some time watching birds from a blind or enjoy the lake by fishing, swimming at the beach or paddling a kayak or canoe.

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Another way to get the kids out into the parks is to take them to the playground. Playgrounds offer children a chance to climb, slide, swing and scamper about. Community parks throughout the county have play areas, but at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park a new natural playscape allows children to be around natural materials, such as boulders and wood, rather than plastic and a childrens forest sculpture. Dolliver Memorial State Park, near Otho, also offers campgrounds, a playground and plenty of picnic spots. Hiking trails, prehistoric burial mounds and access to the Des Moines River add to the opportunties. Another option for outdoor adventure is Brushy Creek State Recreation Area, near Lehigh. The park is one of the state’s largest outdoor recreation areas and offers campgrounds, multi-use wooded trails, a swimming beach and fishing jetties and Camp WaNoKi. Reservations and additional information about county camp sites are available online at www.mycountyparks.com. Reservations and information about camping at state parks in the county can be found online at www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/ Camping.

Playgrounds Playgrounds and picnic spots can also be found in Fort Dodge at Oleson Park, 1258 Oleson Park Ave.; Snell-Crawford Park on Williams Drive; Loomis Park at Hawkeye Avenue and Loomis Park Drive; Hydro-electric Park on First Street Northwest; R.D. Mitchell Park on Second Avenue North near 25th Street; and Hawley Lions Park on North Second Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues north. A playground is also next to Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center, 1111 N. 32nd St., along with a walking path and three exercise stations.

Phinney Park on the west side of Fort Dodge has a picnic shelter, an open grassy area for play and a paved walking trail along the Des Moines River. Families can also enjoy time in the outdoors by playing a bit of disc golf in Fort Dodge. Sunkissed Meadows Disc Golf Course on Meriwether Drive offers a riverfront view and easy access to the city’s paved recreation trail system while Snell-Crawford Park on Williams Drive offers a more challenging course with its slopes and trees.

Other Options For a more amped up sort of play, Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave. S., is a family entertainment complex, offering an arcade, as well as bumper boats, go-karts, laser tag, mini golf course, roller skating, spin area and a water war area. Pizza and snacks are also available on site to fuel continued activity. During the school year, Fort Frenzy is open from 4 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. In the summer, the facility is open noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays. Hours vary depending on season. You can also visit the Community Orchard and Back 40 Playground. Bowling provides another means to spend some time together knocking down pins. Fort Dodge a bowling ally offering fun such as cosmic bowling where lights are used and neon pins offer rewards. Families can also spend time together rolling around at Wheels of Gowrie Youth Center Skating Rink, 1202 Beek St., Gowrie. The community skating rink is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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• Raising The Bar • Closing The Gap • Believing Kids Do Well If They Can

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EXPLORE DOWNTOWN SPEND YOUR DAY DOWNTOWN! THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN DOWNTOWN FORT DODGE! WHETHER YOU ARE IN TOWN WITH FAMILY, WITH A G ROUP OF FRIENDS OR ON BUSINESS, WE HAVE A G REAT DAY PLANNED FOR YOU TO ENJOY!

6 a.m. Start your day downtown with a spectacular cup of coffee from our local coffee shops in the Central Avenue corridor. Sit and enjoy a quiet moment before going for an early morning run by the river in the Central River District.

8 a.m. Enjoy a great breakfast with the locals in our family-owned downtown restaurants. From southern-style breakfasts to light vegetarian dishes and drive thru, check out the great range of options to jump start your day.

10 a.m. Begin your excursion in downtown Fort Dodge by hitting the shops at 12th Street. From great quilting supplies, the latest trends in clothing, home decor and beautiful handcrafted custommade furniture, the Central Avenue shopping district has it all. Spend some time creating! You will find a local fused glass shop that also offers painting and crafts to make for yourself or those special people in your life. DIY Art Studios and you can also head to The Blanden Memorial Art Museum for First Free Saturday family art activities. Call for hours.

Noon We’ve got a variety of places to stop for lunch. Grab a great burger and beer, homemade soup and salad with a glass of local wine, or great coffee and quiche. There are options for everyone. Let’s check out the beautiful historic buildings in the downtown, always a place to get great pictures with your family. Interested in vintage and antique shopping? We’ve got the place just for you with a variety of antique and vintage shops in the heart of Fort

Dodge.

Ready to sit in the shade? Let’s go to the square next to the Fort Dodge Public Library and take a break to rest our toes. If you’re ready for more shopping stop in at shops at Third Street and Central Avenue for those great home decor hard-to-find items a wide selection of women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and children’s clothing.

3 p.m. Grab a sweet treat at our candy store or ice cream shop before heading into Fort Dodge Fine Arts. Stop in and grab an etching book for the youngsters and begin your travels in Fort Dodge with their Dragoon Etching Trail. There’s always something fun to do in downtown Fort Dodge.

6 p.m. After a full day, now it’s time to treat yourself to a great meal. Downtown Fort Dodge has intimate places for a quiet meal and cocktail or a great family time with pizza, beer and live music. Family fun can be found at our downtown movie theater, play virtual golf, or watch a game at one of the local bars.

8 p.m. Keep your night going at one of our downtown brewery’s or tap room. Live music is served along with a brew several nights a week. After a full day in Fort Dodge, kick back at one of our local hotels, enjoy a good night’s rest and get ready to explore the beautiful Webster County area.

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Church Directory Charismatic

Congregational

FIRST

CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Methodist

TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 515-573-3519

1611 Williams Dr. Fort Dodge 573-3817

Worship Service Sunday 9:30am Saturday 5:30pm

Sunday School 9:00am Worship 10:00am

838 N. 25th St. www.trinityumcfd.org

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Presbyterian

Sunday Services

Please Check Our Website For Service Times & Other Church Activities

www.fpcfd.org

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Lutheran

Lutheran Church 239 N. 11th Street, Fort Dodge, IA Phone: 576-2103 Pastor Emily Sauer

WORSHIP SCHEDULE SUNDAY 9:00am Traditional Service 11:00am Contemporary Service WEDNESDAY

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 1023 South 27th Street Fort Dodge, IA Sunday Worship Wednesday Worship 9:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m.

Mediacom on Monday 4:00 PM

7:00pm Service

Our building is handicap accessible

www.stolaffd.com

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Pastor Wm. VanNostrand

Non Denominational

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Church of Christ Simply Christians studying God’s Word Sunday: Bible Study 9:30 am Worship: 10:30am and 6:00pm Wednesday: 6:00pm

1132 A St. Fort Dodge 515-955-3737

www.wscochrist.com

Church Directory

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FORT DODGE & WEBSTER COUNTY TRAILS Fort Dodge Vicinity Trail System Fort Dodge & Webster County Trails

Kennedy Memorial Park Lakeside Golf Course

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Harlan Rogers Sports Complex

Existing Trails Proposed Trails Railroads Streets Water Features Recreation Areas City Boundary

Willow Ridge Golf Course

Loomis Park

Snell Crawford Park

Future Mountain Bike Park

Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center Fort Dodge Middle School

Fort Dodge Country Club Sunkissed Meadows

Iowa Central Community College

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WATER

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WHETHER IN THE WATER OR ON IT, OPPORTUNITIES TO INDULGE AQUATIC INTERESTS ABOUND IN WEBSTER COUNTY. FROM KAYAKING AND CANOEING TO FISHING , SWIMMING AND SPLASHING , THE AREA OFFERS A VARIETY OF WAYS TO BE ACTIVE AND ADVENTUROUS.

Paddling Water trails are corridors and routes on rivers and lakes with plentiful access points to provide canoeists and kayakers an easy means to plan trips of various lengths and difficulties, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. These trails provide an alternative means to view the area’s landscape and wildlife, as well as offering connections to cultural and historical sites. Webster County has two state designated water trails, quite an accomplishment, experienced paddlers said, since in all of Iowa there are approximately only 15 to 17 such trails. “That puts us in an elite class,” said Clark Fletcher, an avid kayaker. “The water trails just mesh really well with everything we have going on here.” New water access in Kalo approved accesses - contact Webster Conservation for details.

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Between the Lizard Creek Water Trail and the Des Moines River Water Trail, Webster County has more than 70 miles of water for paddlers to enjoy. A must-see section of the water trails Clark recommends is the Des Moines River flowing south from Fort Dodge to Dolliver Memorial State Park. “There is so much to see on the way down,” Fletcher said. “It’s not just the paddling.” Along the shoreline are really unique limestone and sandstone outcroppings to view. But what makes the section even more appealing is the ability to pull over, get out of the kayak and explore different outdoor and wilderness areas. Paddlers will pass the Camp WaNoKi county park near Coalville, the Woodman Hollow State Preserve between Coalville and Otho, then on to Dolliver Memorial State Park. If a paddler wanted to keep going, they would encounter Deception Hollow Wildlife Management Area; then an access to Brushy Creek State Recreation Area before reaching the Boone Forks Wildlife Management Area. Along this section of the river is also historical


Vegor’s Cemetery and Skillet Creek Indian Mounds. Additionally, since the Des Moines River and its shoreline up to the high water mark are owned by the state, paddlers can stop along the way and even camp on sandbars. The Lizard Creek Water Trail is a different matter, though. It is surrounded by private land. Still, it is worth a trip, Fletcher said. “Lizard Creek is a totally different paddling experience,” he said. “It’s more secluded and swifter water.” It is known to be a challenging creek with riffles, rapids and small drop-offs. Officials said in high flow conditions, Lizard Creek can be dangerous, and in periods of low rainfall, the creek can have sections paddlers would have to drag through. No matter which water trail a paddler decides to try, safety is essential, Fletcher said. Paddlers need to plan. They should know an expected length of time their trip will take so they are not trying to unexpectedly finish a float or trip in the dark. They should also ensure they have proper protection from the elements, plenty of drinking water, and know how to get on and off the water in a safe manner. Another key safety measure, Fletcher said, is to know the flow of water for the streams and rivers you’re going to paddle. That information can be found at www.rivergages.com

Fishing Keith Dencklau, a Webster County resident, can usually be found on the water. Whether it’s floating in a metal cow tank down the Des Moines River to Dolliver Memorial State Park in the summer, or driving a side-by-side with a group ride of off-highway vehicle enthusiasts up a frozen Lizard Creek to the town of Clare, Dencklau

finds a way to enjoy the streams and lakes of the county. But, he said, his favorite water-based pastime is fishing. “We have Canada-style fishing in our own backyard,” Dencklau said. “Brushy Creek Lake is the place to fish for walleye and bass.” Brushy Creek State Recreation Area is a park near Lehigh encompassing more than 6,000 acres and is one the state’s largest public outdoor recreation areas. It includes a 690-acre no-wake lake connecting with Brushy Creek and the Des Moines River. Several fishing jetties make casting a line in from the shore an easy endeavor, as does a fishing pier located on the west side of the lake north of the sandy swimming beach. Additionally, multiple boat ramps provide access to troll the waters or simply find a good spot in the middle to drop a line. Dencklau said he knows of walleyes weighing between 10 and 12 pounds being caught there. In fact, word of the attributes of Brushy Creek draws a fishing club up from Des Moines to hold its weekly fishing tournaments there. Dencklau said his son, Casey Dencklau, fish in the tournaments and even pulled a record muskie, measuring in excess of 40 to 50 inches, from there. Brushy Creek Lake isn’t the only good fishing hole around, though, Dencklau said. The Des Moines River in Fort Dodge is good spot for walleye and northern pike. Beneath the Kenyon Road Bridge, the popular spot can be reached from Riverfront South, a section of the city’s multipurpose recreation trail just off Meriweather Drive. “It’s real accessible,” Dencklau said, “and a very popular spot. A lot of people have memories of going down to there to fish while growing up.” Another easy-to-reach location for anglers is Badger Lake in John F. Kennedy Memorial Park just north of Fort Dodge. The manmade lake is 45 acres and stocked with large mouth bass, crappie, 2021 WEBSTER COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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channel catfish, bluegill, and northern pike. A boat ramp and dock provide access to the water, but only electric trolling motors can be used on the lake. A handicap-accessible fishing dock is on the south side of the lake, and all along the shoreline are vistas and open areas for anglers to reach the water. Badger Lake is also a popular spot to canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle board.

Park, 12th Avenue South and 17th Street, Fort Dodge, the splash pad has no standing water. Instead it has sprayers, sprinklers and fountains of various forms. The splash pad is open seven days a week, weather permitting. Summer hours are typically 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturdays. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays. For more information call 515-576-7237.

Swimming

The Gowrie Municipal Swimming Pool, 1202 N. Bleek St., Gowrie, has zero-entry pool access, as well as a toddler slide, dumping buckets and a fun fountain spray. Adult fitness swim times are also offered for laps and other water workouts. Season passes or single admission charges apply. The pool opens for the season in late May and remains open through the end of August. Its daily hours are from 12:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12:30 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Air temperature and weather may affect the hours of operation. For more information call 515-352-3911.

If getting in rather than being on the water is the goal, then several options of differing types exist. Natural areas already mentioned for paddling and fishing also offer lake water swimming. Both Brushy Creek State Recreation Area and John F. Kennedy Memorial Park have designated, sandy beach swimming areas. Also, Dolliver Memorial State Park has spots where people often splash in the water as Prairie Creek runs through the park on its way to the Des Moines River. The Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center, 1111 N. 32nd St., Fort Dodge, offers a variety of water experiences. The city amenity includes an 8-lane lap pool, diving space, and a separate pool with a large play structure. A 1,000-gallon dumping bucket washes over people while a water basketball play space offers another means to enjoy the water. The complex also offers a toddler slide, deck spray area, an open flume tube water slide, enclosed tube water slide, swirl bowl slide and a lazy river. Open swimming is available at Rosedale Rapids from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Special times are also set for aquacise, water walking for fitness and lap swims. Admission charges or seasonal passes are required. For more information call 515-576-7237.

For more information on hours please call or check website.

The Oleson Park Splash Pad offers those who may not yet be able to swim but still enjoy the water a chance to play. Located in Oleson

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WINTER

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WHEN SNOWFLAKES FALL AND THE TEMPERATURES DIP THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO FIND A WINTER ADVENTURE.

Snowmobiling Webster County has more than 100 miles of marked snowmobile trails, according to Nancy Lundgren with the Webster County Icebreakers, a nonprofit club established to promote safety and the general interests of snowmobilers. The trails include ditch riding, fields and through the wooded areas of Brushy Creek State Recreation Area. The system also accesses the Des Moines River in four places, providing the chance to drive along the scenic, frozen waterways. “Our trails are known for being some of the best marked in the state and people come for miles because of that,’’ Lundgren said. The trails connect with those of three other clubs in surrounding counties, giving riders even more miles to add to their journey. Snowmobilers can start in Webster County, then venture into Hamilton and Story counties where Team Iowa tends the trails. Or riders can cross into Calhoun County, where Sno-Pac operates, or ride into Boone County to meet the High Bridge Trailblazers.

Trips can start in multiple towns across the county, she said, but three of the best places when it comes to the ease of loading and unloading equipment, are restaurants in Gowrie, Dayton and Lehigh. In Lehigh the Des Moines River is directly accessible, depending on ice and snow conditions. Each section of trail has something special about it, Lundgren said. Whether it’s the natural scenery, historical points you pass or the communities you go through. “Each town has something special about it. The business stops along our trail system are supporters of our club and are extremely welcoming to snowmobilers,’’ she said. Interested riders can contact the club through its Facebook page under Webster County Icebreakers. The group is also on Twitter and Instagram. Maps of the trail system can be found at any of the stops along the trails, as well as online at Iowasnomobiler.com then finding the Icebreakers under the list of clubs. A map can also be obtained via the Polaris Ride Command app. 2021 WEBSTER COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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Ice Fishing

Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing Groomed trails and equipment rental are available for people interested in cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, a 400-acre multiple use area, just north of Fort Dodge. Events are planned throughout the season to offer a chance on Saturday mornings to try the two sports for free. Otherwise, ski equipment packages can be obtained for a fee. Contact the Webster County Conservation Department for more details by calling 515-573-4258 or stopping by their offices in the reception and nature center at the park, 1415 Nelson Ave., Fort Dodge.

Sledding Sloping hills popular for sledding can be found in at least two places in the county. Dolliver Memorial State Park, near Lehigh, offers a hill clear of trees and obstructions that slopes down from its campground overlooking the Des Moines River, while John F. Kennedy Memorial Park north of Fort Dodge offers a larger hill stretching from behind the Bob Huen Shelter down to the swimming beach on Badger Lake.

Moorland Pond is a borrow pit from the construction of U.S. Highway 20 and is a popular fishing spot throughout the year. However, when the weather turns cold, anglers can be found dotting the ice as they attempt to catch a rainbow trout. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources stocks the 22.5acre pond with trout each year, usually in January. Webster County Conservation also holds annual ice fishing clinics on the pond at that time to educate new anglers on safety. Moorland Pond is located just east of the town of Moorland near U.S. Highway 20 and falls under the the DNR Black Hawk District office. Ice conditions and additional information for the pond can be obtained by calling the office at 712-657-2638. In order to fish for or possess trout, Iowa residents and nonresidents must pay a trout fee in addition to their regular fishing license. The daily limit is five. Anglers under 16 may fish with a licensed angler with a trout fee; the limit is five fish for both. Anglers under 16 also have the option of purchasing the trout fee and a fishing license which will let them possess five trout while fishing. Brushy Creek Lake at the Brushy Creek State Recreation Area also offers fishing opportunities year-round, but when it comes to ice fishing it is a popular spot to drill and jig through the ice for fish such as yellow perch, walleye and northern pike. Brushy is known for strong bluegill and crappie numbers, plus the man-made lake offers better chances of hooking walleye and perch than most lakes in the area. Officials with the DNR advise extra caution be used when testing ice thickness due to submerged trees breaking the surface. The 53-acre Badger Lake at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park just north of Fort Dodge is another popular place where winter anglers can drill the ice and try their luck. Officials suggest interested anglers check the DNR fisheries web page at www.iowadnr.gov/fishing for fishing reports and information about the state lakes and ponds. Webster County Conservation is also another good source for finding out where the fish have been biting and can be reached by calling 515-573-4258.

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The Fort Museum and Frontier Village brings history to life as it recalls Fort Dodge’s beginnings as an Army Post in 1850. Come and explore artifacts that predate 1850 through 1950. Join us for various fun, family oriented events throughout the year!

The Fort Museum is self supported with no funding from local, state, or federal government. We rely on public donations, admissions, and memberships to operate.

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Grain

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727 HAWKEYE AVENUE What may be the largest mural in the state of Iowa now adorns what were once drab grain silos along Hawkeye Avenue. Completed in 2018, the mural by Australian artist Guido van Helten shows five local residents, some of whom are holding pieces of pottery. While some Fort Dodge residents recognize a few of the people depicted in the mural, the complete list of names has never been released. “Guido has never let us know,” said Fort Dodge City Councilman Terry Moehnke. “He’s never wanted that to be known.’’ According to Moehnke, the pottery pieces are locally made objects that are in the collection of the Fort Museum and Frontier Village. He said the mural’s subjects were photographed at the Iowa Central Community College. Those photographs were the basis of the mural. Van Helten began painting in September 2018 and finished in December of that year. With an address of 727 Hawkeye Ave., the grain silo mural is at the south entrance to Loomis Park. There is a parking lot with 20 spaces there. A fivefoot wide sidewalk extends from the parking lot and loops around the silos.

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Shop for Melissa & Doug toys, puzzles, activities, pretend play food, blocks, puppets, and countless other items! Don’t forget we have you covered for all your Collegiate, NFL, MLB & NBA party supplies, novelty items, NEW t-shirts, and AREA school spirit supplies!

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ADVERTISER index

4th St Depot Neighborhood Bar & Grill........... 19 Abstract Associates of Iowa, Inc................. 7, 58 AmericInn by Wyndham, Fort Dodge.............. 38 Amigos ..................................................... 26 Availa Bank ...................................................... 4 B&B Custom Carpentry................................... 59 Baymont by Wyndham, Fort Dodge................ 53 Bemrich Electric & Telephone, Inc.................. 65 Best Western Hotels & Resorts....................... 47 Blanden Memorial Art Museum....................... 67 Blue Ribbon Pelham Water............................. 28 Brookstone Inn& Suites.................................. 14 Browns Shoe Fit Co........................................... 4 Bucks Guns..................................................... 61 Buford’s Steakhouse & BBQ............................ 46 Casablanca Steak House................................. 19 Central Perk and Dessert................................. 41 Cobblestone Inn & Suites............................... 10 Community Health Center............................... 31 Community Tap & Pizza.................................. 19 Cornwell, Friders, Maher & Associates, P.L.C. CPA’s... 32 Country Inn & Suites by Radisson.................. 64 D.A.R.T./Pathfinders........................................ 62 Daniel Pharmacy............................................. 41 Dariette Ice Cream Shoppe............................. 40 Domino’s Pizza................................................ 18 DP Customs.................................................... 58 Dungeons & Dodgers...................................... 41 Elanco ..................................................... 64 Faiferlick Martial Arts.................................. 2, 61 Fareway, Fort Dodge......................................... 4 Farm Bureau-Tim Lentsch............................... 22 FD Fine Arts Association................................. 38 FD Parks, REC & Forestry............................... 22 First Congregational Church............................ 42 First Presbyterian Church................................ 43 Foley’s Fine Clothing for Men.......................... 61 Fort Dodge Community Schools..................... 38 Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau... 68 Fort Dodge Country Club................................ 61 Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota........................ 3 Fort Dodge Public Library............................... 40 Fort Dodge Regional Airport........................... 54 Fort Dodge Softball Association...................... 62 Fort Frenzy ..................................................... 65 Fort Museum & Frontier Village...................... 57 Friendship Haven............................................ 23 Great Western Bank........................................ 64 Grell Roofing................................................... 58 Hacienda Veja Mexican Restaurant................. 19 Hanson’s Custom Golf.................................... 41 Hiway 20 Liquor & Tobacco............................ 29 Holiday Inn Express & Suites.......................... 38

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Hy-Vee ..................................................... 53 Iowa Central Community College.................... 32 Iowa Fire Control............................................. 28 Iowa Realty of Fort Dodge............................... 30 Kallin Johnson Monument Company.............. 67 Kesterson Realty, Inc...................................... 30 KHI Solutions.................................................. 29 Kirkberg Connections...................................... 59 Larita’s Cakes & More..................................... 19 Little Joe’s Computers.................................... 40 Main Street FD................................................ 38 Marian Home and Village................................ 32 Midwest Hardwood Flooring........................... 29 Mike’s Pest Control......................................... 59 Mikos & Matt Fine Furniture............................ 62 New Covenant Christian Church...................... 42 Next Edge Performance.................................... 2 Northland Travel.............................................. 58 Otho Convenience & Food............................... 49 Party Productions, Inc.................................... 62 Pederson Sanitation........................................ 58 Peking Garden................................................. 18 Pingel Tyre & Auto Centre............................... 22 Prairie Lakes Church................................. 43, 45 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.................... 43 Quality Inn & Suites........................................ 45 Regency Realtors............................................ 30 ReMax of Fort Dodge...................................... 30 Rides Bar & Grill............................................. 18 Riley-Armstrong Plumbing & Heating, Inc...... 59 RoJohn Home Improvement........................... 63 Ross’ Appliance Center................................... 48 Sears Hometown Store................................... 38 Sew Formal Alterations & Tuxedo Rentals...... 41 Smitty’s Lawn, Landscape, Garden................. 20 Soldier Creek Winery...................................... 21 St Edmond Catholic School............................. 36 St Mark’s Episcopal Church............................ 42 St. Olaf Lutheran Church................................. 43 Studio Fusion.................................................. 40 Stumpy’s Bar & Grill....................................... 19 Taco Tico ..................................................... 59 The Messenger............................................... 65 The REC ..................................................... 29 Tom Thumb Drive-Inn..................................... 18 Trinity United Methodist Church...................... 42 Unity Point Health........................................... 65 Webster County Fair Grounds & Event Center...... 65 Wendy’s ..................................................... 18 Westside Church of Christ.............................. 43 Wicker Jewelry................................................ 41 Willow Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant...... 22


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