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where to play                                                                                     LEGEND

                                                                                                                Charge admission
                                                                                                                 Able to handle group tours
                                                                                                               National Register Site
                 ames cont’d                    attica                     bloomfield           HISTORIC BLOOMFIELD
                                                                                                DRIVING TOUR
         HOGGATT SCHOOL               NORTH CEDAR CREEK            DAVIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE      310 N. Washington St
                                                                                                641-664-1104 /
         18th St & Burnett Ave        HAMMOND COVERED BRIDGE       Town Square / 641-664-2101    Take the “Self-Guided Historic Bloomfield
         515-232-2148 /   170th Place, south of Attica, just off of G-76  Mon-Fri 8-4:30 or by appt.   Driving Tour” of eight historic buildings
         June-Aug, Sat & Sun 2-4:30   641-828-2257 / / Outdoors   This unique 1877 Second Empire structure fea-  including the Davis County Courthouse.
         First schoolhouse in Ames vicinity, built in   The 19th-century Hammond covered bridge   tures its original, furnished courtroom, a man-  Brochure with map available at the Davis
         1861 before the city of Ames was established.   has a 60-foot single span. With its single   sard roof, and a graceful clock tower that houses   County Welcome Center or online.  Follow the
         Restored as a one-room school museum.   gabled roof and barn-and-batten wood walls,   a rare, completely restored 1879 Seth Thomas   map to a site, then call 641-664-1017 from
         Furnishings, fixtures, textbooks and other   this 1870 bridge is a quiet reminder of the   clock and 1500 pound bell cast in 1879 in Troy,   your cell and follow the prompt.
         artifacts are authentic to the period of the   old Iowa countryside.   New York.
         1880s.                                                                                 HISTORIC TOWN SQUARE
                                                beaman             DAVIS COUNTY MUSEUM          Downtown
         IOWA STATE CENTER                                         COMPLEX & HISTORIC COUNTRY   641-664-2309 or 641-664-1104
         Suite 102 Scheman Building, Corner of   BEAMAN HERITAGE MUSEUM   CHURCH      
         Lincoln Way & University Blvd.                            Franklin Street              Bloomfield’s square comprising 43 buildings
         515-294-3347 or              227 Main St / 641-366-2804   641-664-1104 /   is listed on National Register of Historic
         Toll Free 877-The-Center (877-843-2368)   Mon-Fri 8-11am and by appt.   Mem Day-Labor Day  / Sat 1-4 & by appt.   Places. The buildings were constructed           Collection of artifacts and history from   Housed in the Dr. William Findley house which   between the Civil War and the early 1900s
         Main office open Mon-Fri 8-5   Beaman, which is one of the oldest   was built in the 1860s, the museum complex   and retain most of their 19th century charm.
         On the ISU campus, this four-building complex   communities in Grundy County.  includes a Mormon cabin built of hand-hewn   Many have been restored and feature
         serves the cultural and conference needs                  logs in 1848, a one-room school, livery   second story housing. Pick up a walking
         of Iowa. Stephens Auditorium (concerts,   belmond         barn and mural depicting the northernmost   tour brochure at the Welcome Center or
         performing arts, comedians); Scheman                      Confederate raid.            Bloomfield Main Street.
         Building (conferences, trade shows, weddings);
         and Fisher Theater (ISU Theatre and Dance   223 E. Main St.   301 N Washington         107 S Washington St
         shows).                      515-571-3264 /  641-664-1104 /
                                      Mon, Wed & Fri 9-12 year-round. All other   Open 10-4 Mon-Fri and Sat 10-1  Films, stage plays and musical events in a
         OCTAGON CENTER FOR THE ARTS  times by appt.               1910 mail-order Sears & Roebuck home   vintage theater restored to its pre-1940
         427 Douglas Ave              Explore the Belmond area’s history through   houses the Welcome Center, featuring local   splendor. Saturday evening and Sunday
                                                                                                matinees from September-May, and
         515-232-5331 / Mon-Sat 10-5 & Sun 2-5   exhibits and the extensive reasearch library.   crafts—some of which are made by the nearby   special events.
         A major regional art center featuring local,   Large photo collection and Belmond   Amish community—and a collection of prints of
         regional, and national art exhibitions. Tours   newspapers digitized.     the Davis County area by P. Buckley Moss. Iowa
         and art programs. Museum gift shop offers                 tourism brochures available.
         works by Iowa and midwest artists. Year-round   COUNTRY SCHOOL
                                      River Park, Hwy 69 / 641-444-4111 or
         art education for all ages.
                                      641-444-4058 / By appt.
         OLD TOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT   Typical turn-of-the-century one-room
         515-233-2415                 schoolhouse.  JENISON-MEACHAM MEMORIAL
         Brochure.pdf                 ART CENTER & MUSEUM
         Located north of downtown Ames, the
         Old Town Historic District encompasses   1179 Taylor Ave, 2 miles north of town
         historically and architecturally significant   641-444-4635 / Sat-Sun 1:30-4:30 or by app
         homes dating from the 1880s to the mid   Mural depicting the westward move to Iowa.
         1900s. Perfect for a walking tour.   Seasonal art displays and exhibits. 1930s
                                      farmhouse and barn.
         515-233-2415                         blairsburg
         1320 Dickinson Ave
         515-598-BOWL                 BLAIRSBURG OPERA HOUSE
         Sun-Wed 11am-12am Thur-Sat 11am-1am   Just off Main St / 515-325-6456
         Ames and Iowa State’s favorite place to play   Restored turn-of-the-century opera house
         with 24 lanes of bowling, two floor laser tag   available for group meetings, events or
         arena, arcade, restaurant and sports bar with   stage productions. Facility once offered
         3 monster 10 foot big screens to watch the   silent movies and “literary and musical
                                      entertainment.” Local entertainment by
         big game.
         1407 University Blvd – ¼ mile N of Hwy 30   blakesburg
         515-294-2710            BLAKESBURG COMMUNITY
         Open daily year-round.       MUSEUM
         The Gardens change annually around a
         theme. Beautiful botanical garden features   205 North Main Street
         17-acres of outdoor gardens, an indoor   641-777-5092
         tropical plant Conservatory with seasonal   Tues - Thurs 9-12
         displays, a Butterfly Wing with hundreds
         of live exotic butterflies in flight, and a    This small museum is curated by the Blakesburg
                                      Historical Preservataion Society. Located in
         Gift Shop.
                                      the original US Post Office and with a focus on
                                      preserving the history of the community. No
                                      admission fee.
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