Biggest, Smallest, Tallest, Crookedest

Iowa is home to some unique attractions - but how many are the biggest, smallest, tallest and crookedest of their kind? More than you think! Visit all of these locations to go on your own hunt for world records.

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Largest Golden Spike, Council Bluffs
The world's LARGEST golden spike can be found in Council Bluffs and was erected in 1939 to mark the eastern terminus of the Union Pacific Railroad. The spike stands 56 feet tall.

 

Tallest Corn Stalk, Shelby
The world's TALLEST corn stalk, a steel sculpture located just off the I-80 exit at Shelby, stands 76-feet tall and symbolizes the importance of agriculture to Iowa. The piece was designed by Cliff Carlson of Wesley.

 

Albert the Bull, Audubon
Albert the Bull is the world's LARGEST bull. Albert was constructed in 1964 and weighs 45 tons, stands 30 feet tall and spans 15 feet from horn to horn.

 

Main Street, Onawa
Onawa is home to the WIDEST main street in the country.

 

Indian Maiden, Pocahontas
The 1954, the Shaw family of Pocahontas started creating the world's LARGEST Indian maiden. Two years later, the 25-foot tall statue was completed. The family still maintains the statue.

 

Art Deco Architecture, Spencer
Spencer's downtown business district boasts the LARGEST and most diverse collection of 1930s Art Deco architecture in the Midwest. It was virtually rebuilt after a fire in 1931.

 

Higgins Museum, Okoboji
The Higgins Museum in Okoboji is the nation's LARGEST collection of national bank notes on display in a permanent collection.

 

Mallard Duck, Mallard
At the entrance to this small town, stands Iowa's LARGEST mallard duck. The town was named as such because of the number of mallard ducks in the area in 1882.

 

Largest Amethyst, West Bend
The world's LARGEST amethyst, a 300-pound gem, is incorporated into the back wall of the Christmas Chapel at the Grotto of the Redemption.

 

Largest Bullhead, Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake is home to the world's LARGEST bullhead, 12 feet long and elevated on a pile on rocks.

 

Kate Shelley High Bridge, Boone
The bridge on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad line is the world's HIGHEST, LONGEST double-track railroad bridge.

 

Reiman Gardens, Ames
Reiman Gardens boasts the LARGEST buck rose collection in the world. Dr. Griffith Buck created over 90 varieties of roses known for their disease resistance and winter hardiness while at Iowa State University. The roses are gaining more attention as people seek to use less pesticide and herbicide and plant lower-maintenance roses. While at Reiman Gardens, you can also visit the world's LARGEST concrete garden gnome.

 

Living History Farms Race, Urbandale
The annual Living History Farms Race is the LARGEST cross-country run in North America. It is held annually in November.

 

Vermeer Mill, Pella
The Vermeer Mill is the TALLEST working grain windmill (koren molen) in the United States. The authentic Dutch windmill towers 124 feet from the street to the tip of the sail.

 

Santa Fe Bridge, Fort Madison
The Santa Fe Bridge, spanning the Mississippi River at Fort Madison, is the LARGEST double-deck, swing-span bridge in the world.

 

Snake Alley, Burlington
Ripley's Believe It or Not named Burlington's Snake Alley the "CROOKEDEST Street in the World.
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Lock and Dam 15, Quad Cities
Lock and Dam 15 on the Mississippi River between Davenport and Rock Island, Ill., is the world's LARGEST roller dam.

 

Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott
This convenience store, gas station, restaurant and more is the world's LARGEST truck stop is located just off Interstate 80. It's four times larger than the average truck stop. A perfect place to grab a snack on a road trip and browse through the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

 

Wilton Candy Kitchen, Wilton
The Wilton Candy Kitchen, the world's OLDEST on-going ice cream parlor, soda fountain and confectionary, can be found in Wilton. The sweet shop was established circa 1856.

 

Fireside Winery, Marengo
Fireside Winery is home to Iowa's LARGEST wine bottle, measuring over 13 feet tall and weighing 1,820 pounds. The metal sculpture was created by a local metal artist, who is also featured in the winery's gift shop and tasting room.

 

Giant Rocker, West Amana
The Amana Colonies are home to Iowa's LARGEST walnut rocking chair. It measures 11 feet tall and weighs 670 pounds.


 

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids
The museum houses the world's LARGEST collection of Grant Wood paintings. The museum also owns the property at 5 Turner Alley that Wood used for a home and studio from 1924-1934. It was in this studio that Grant Wood painted one of the world's most famous works of art - the American Gothic - a work shown at and purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930 for $300.

 

Largest Frying Pan, Brandon
The state's LARGEST frying pan resides in Brandon. Modeled after a 10-inch cast iron frying pan, it has an eight-foot base and a five-foot handle for a total length of 14 feet, 3 inches. The pan weighs in at 1,020 pounds.

 

Fenelon Place Elevator, Dubuque
The Fenelon Place Elevator is the world's SHORTEST, STEEPEST scenic railway at 296 feet in length and rising 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place in Dubuque. You can see three different states from the top.

 

 

Largest Strawberry, Strawberry Point
Strawberry Point is home to the world's LARGEST strawberry. The 15-foot tall fiberglass sculpture was designed by a local ad agency and dedicated in the late 1960s.

 

St. Anthony of Padua Chapel, Festina
The world's SMALLEST church, St. Anthony of Padua Chapel, is just 12 x 16 feet and has seating for just eight people.

 

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah
Decorah is home to the Vesterheim, the LARGEST ethnic museum in the United States.

 

 

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