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by Jerome Pohlen

This zany travel guide presents a more peculiar state than the Iowa Tourism Office might like out-of-towners to imagine. Leaving out the traditional scenic trips to the Mississippi River bluffs and the Amana Colonies, this guide will take the adventurous traveler to the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, the home of the "Lonely Goat Herder" marionettes from The Sound of Music, and the world's largest Cheeto. To enhance the experience of this unusual side of Iowa, the guide includes facts about numerous events in Iowa's history, such as Ozzy Osbourne's infamous bat-biting incident and Jesse James's first moving-train robbery. Iowa is depicted as the birthplace of the Roto-Rooter, the Delicious apple, the electronic computer, the reinforced concrete bridge, and the Eskimo pie. The accompanying photographs and maps will direct travelers to other fun vacation spots and attractions, including the butter sculptures at the Iowa State Fair, the annual National Skillet Throw, the Hobo Convention and Museum, the Ice Cream Capital of the World, and the National Balloon Museum.
Download Oddball Iowa (Oddball series) epub
ISBN: 1556525648
ISBN13: 978-1556525643
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Jerome Pohlen
Language: English
Publisher: Chicago Review Press (April 1, 2005)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1709 kb
FB2 size: 1588 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 275
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I bought this book for my recent foray down to Des Moines for a conference. On the way home, I took a cornfield tour guided by Jerome Pohlen's fun book. Try it, you & your kids &/or whoever you're travelling with will love it!

After Des Moines, (Hey! Pohlen doesn't include this in the tour - but if you are ever in DM the evening before the start of the Iowa State Fair - (think Pat Boone & the movie) you just HAVE to watch the State Fair Kick-Off Parade. 3 Hours of Americana - not a rose-decked float to be found - but there are plenty of High School marching bands and gubernatorial candidates, and lots and lots of John Deere tractors. Makes ya hanker for a corn dog!) I went on to the Amana Colonies, the movie set for "The Field of Dreams" - Kevin Costner & Company Built it - and the people are still coming!, and cantered the cornfield - actually it's planted in soybeans this year, the corn is on the other side of the barb wire - where Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly's plane went down, as Don McLean later called it, "the (Night) the Music Died" - to see the Memorial. (You'll need this book to find that - it is literally off the beaten path.)
Awesome - all of it!
/TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer
As a former resident I bought this book on a whim thinking it had a 50% chance of being a dud. I really enjoyed reading through this and actually found myself missing some of these quirky little things about Iowa. ...not enough to actually visit but that really is one of the attractions of the book--you can appreciate the sights without having to experience the hot humid weather, lack of any cuisine expect red meat and bud, etc. I recommend this book for any fellow middle aged ex-Iowans. I think you'll find it worth the price of admission.
really fun kind of like the Weird books maps and good riving information I like to see things that are a little different this book helps me do that
Interesting read; great condition.
If we get tired of historical sightseeing, this book will be helpful in guiding us to the World's Largest Cheeto.
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Not quite as good as the other oddball books, but still a fun, quirky read.
Great book. Has lots of small off the beaten path sights that are a nice diversion when driving in Iowa.
This was intended as a gift and the recipient liked it very much.