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Prairie Trails Museum was mentioned in an episode of Iowa's Simple Pleasures - you can find that video here.

There is something here to interest everyone! The large main brick building houses 25,000 artifacts in five galleries covering over 21,000 sq. ft. The eye-catching red Heritage Barn contains an extensive collection of early farm artifacts displayed in interesting interpretive exhibits. Directly east of the Heritage Barn is a park and picnic area; several picnic tables rest under tall stately oak trees for a refreshing break on a hot summer day.

Prairie Trails Museum

Across the rolling prairie they came - - Native Americans hunting game, roaming free until 1845...Early settlers in the Iowa-Missouri disputed territory, driving stock to market...Mormon Pioneers trekking west across the prairie wilderness...Pioneer Families eager to farm Iowa's fertile soil...Homesteaders seeking land and a better life...

Surveyors...Merchants...Preachers...Doctors...Teachers...Miners...
By foot...By horseback...By wagon...By stagecoach...By railroad...By automobile...
Some left...Some traveled through...Many stayed to build homes, farms, and communities...