Our family has recently moved to Iowa, so this summer we’ll be taking lots of day trips to explore our great (new) state! This weekend, we took Hopkins to Winterset, Iowa–birthplace of John Wayne and home to several of the covered bridges made famous in a book/movie you may have heard of…
Our first stop was the Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center. We picked up a map of the area and browsed the souvenirs available for sale.
Then we took a walk around the town square. Stepping into Mom & Pop shops is one of my favorite things about visiting small towns! Montross Pharmacy has it all, including a restaurant in the back of the store!
Winterset is the home of the Madison County Courthouse, built in 1875. The overcast sky was the perfect backdrop for our visit!
You can see the street sign behind the girls says John Wayne Dr. You can learn more about his birthplace and museum by clicking here.
It rained quite a bit on Saturday, so most of our exploring happened by car. We drove through Winterset City Park up to Clark Tower, built to honor the first residents of Madison County (named after President James Madison).
After climbing to the top of Clark Tower (or just the second level for those of us afraid of heights), Hopkins really wanted to go see a few more covered bridges.
Hopkins showing off the Holliwell Bridge, located near Middle River just southeast of Winterset. (This one you can walk through.)
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This summer, you can join along with our adventures (and those of other Signing Time Academy instructors and fans) by following/using the hashtag #WhereIsHopkins!
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Learn our sign of the week, BRIDGE, from Rachel: