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Friday, August 19, 2016

7 Reasons Webster City (Iowa) Rocks

Once a town identifies its unique personality, it has plenty to offer visitors. I found seven good reasons to enjoy a stay in Webster City, Iowa.
Denise, owner of SOS Vintage
with Deb Brown, Chamber
of Commerce Director

#1: the friendliness of the residents. Everywhere I went, people exuded a genuine willingness to engage in conversation, as well as share stories about their town and state.

#2: a downtown atmosphere of hope and energy. Sometimes it's tough to operate a business in a small town, I'm sure, but the Webster City store owners and managers exhibited enthusiasm. The two main streets, 2nd and Seneca, run perpendicular to each other. 

Mike, owner of Critter Nation,
with Luke
We visited three stores on 2nd Street: SOS Vintage where Denise, the owner, is constantly offering new "old" products and is a master at merchandising. Settled close to the front door, Timothy Morgan crafts leather goods. I loved watching him design a belt.

Maureen with raku piece
Critter Nation is just down the street and Luke, our Bichon, enjoyed the treat offered by Mike, the owner. We stopped in Interior Spaces and drooled over some of the unique decorative items for the home. It made me wish I'd planned my budget a little better.

Then we had the pleasure of watching the raku pottery process with owner Maureen Seamonds at Produce Station Pottery on Seneca St. This shop is filled with beautiful works by artists and art students. It is well worth a visit.

#3: Where did we eat? Leon's Pizza - we had a delicious chicken dinner - and the 2nd Street Emporium - I will long remember their scrumptious steak dinner!

A Gnome home
#4: There's more to do than shopping and dining. We visited the Fairgrounds where Nancy Kayser shared the interesting history of Webster City and Hamilton County. From animals to car races (2016 is the 78th year of racing on the dirt track), there's plenty going on year round. The town is the smallest community in the state with a daily online newspaper, the Freeman Journal.

#5: We visited a gnome trail - created by Steve Struchen, the owner of Webster City's home appliance store, after several of his trees died. I loved his
creativity. Each gnome home is different.

#6: The Kendall Young Library is an amazing facility for a small town, providing a big-city amenity without the crowds - it deserves a place on your must-see list. The Wilson Brewer Park consists of six separate museums and beautiful grounds.
Ceiling in Kendall Young

#7: The Webster City Community Theatre, which seats 149, draws visitors from several surrounding communities. It was a full house when we attended a delightful production of Fiddler on the Roof. The theater offers four different shows each year.

The city boasts two Pulitzer Prize winners: MacKinlay Kantor for the book, Andersonville, in 1956, and Clark Mollenhoff, in 1958, for national reporting on corruption in labor practices.

And that's just downtown Webster City. I have yet to share the surrounding farmlands!

1 comment:

  1. Pat, I have to agree with you on some of your points. The others I can't, because they came after my life in Webster City. WC was a wonderful town to grow up in. I graduated from high school there. Oh ya .. Mo Seamonds and I were in the same art class in high school. Leonard R. GO LYNX!