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2022 Information Updates

  • Camping locations 2022
    • Sergeant Bluff – Splash Pad Park – across the street from 101 Baker Drive
    • Ida Grove – Elementary School
    • Pocahontas – Elbert Park
    • Emmetsburg – Holy Family Catholic Church (2003 Broadway Street)
    • Mason City – East Park (802 3rd Street NE)
    • Charles City – Merten J Klaus Park (Corner of Clark Street and B Street)
    • West Union – Rotary Park
  • Current camping highlights for the week
    • Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg will offer dinner
    • Jersey Freeze Ice Cream – Charles City
    • Swing Crew will perform in West Union
  • Overnight town highlights
  • Sergeant Bluff (population 4,798) Fun fact: The city was named after Sergeant Charles Floyd, the only member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to die on the journey
  • Ida Grove (population 2,000) Fun fact: Strangely Full Of Medieval Castles. Midwest Industries founder Byron Godbersen started building his own castle in Ida Grove, Iowa in the 1970s
  • Pocahontas (population 1574) Fun fact: The Pocahontas statue, a 1954 project of Albert J. Shaw and Frank W. Shaw is said to be the “World’s Largest Indian Maiden” and stands at 25 feet tall.
  • Emmetsburg (population 3705) Fun fact: Iowa’s Irish Capital.  Official sister city to Dublin.  They celebrate the heritage of the Emerald Isle with a festive St. Patrick’s Day each March.
  • Mason City (population 26523) Fun fact: Bill Baird: World of Puppets.  Bill was a puppeteer that grew up in Mason City.  A well known part of his collection appeared in “The Lonely Goatheard’ scene in the Sound of Music.
  • Charles City (population 7185) Fun fact: The 1906 Suspension Footbridge spans the Cedar River, which is located along Riverside Drive. Most of the bridge was lost during a massive 2009 flood, but parts of it remain and local agencies are trying to rebuild it. Another interesting sight is the Little Brown Church (littlebrownchurch.org), which dates back to 1864. The church, which is made of rustic wood, was originally the center of the community. Today, all visitors can ring the historic bell and tour the interior.
  • West Union (population 2490) Fun fact: Home of the Fayette County Historical Center
  • Lansing (population 968) Fun fact: Enjoy views of the Black Hawk Bridge, connecting Iowa and Wisconsin, from Mount Hosmer City Park. Lansing’s downtown area is a National Historic District that has several buildings constructed of local limestone and brick Italianate as well as a variety of great shops.

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