Oddball Iowa: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places (Oddball series) (Paperback)
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This zany travel guide presents a more peculiar state than the Iowa Tourism Office might like out-of-towners to imagine. Leaving out the traditional scenic trips to the Mississippi River bluffs and the Amana Colonies, this guide will take the adventurous traveler to the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, the home of the "Lonely Goat Herder" marionettes from The Sound of Music, and the world's largest Cheeto. To enhance the experience of this unusual side of Iowa, the guide includes facts about numerous events in Iowa's history, such as Ozzy Osbourne's infamous bat-biting incident and Jesse James's first moving-train robbery. Iowa is depicted as the birthplace of the Roto-Rooter, the Delicious apple, the electronic computer, the reinforced concrete bridge, and the Eskimo pie. The accompanying photographs and maps will direct travelers to other fun vacation spots and attractions, including the butter sculptures at the Iowa State Fair, the annual National Skillet Throw, the Hobo Convention and Museum, the Ice Cream Capital of the World, and the National Balloon Museum.
About the Author
Jerome Pohlen is the author of the Oddball series and a regular travel commentator for 848 on WBEZ, the Chicago affiliate of National Public Radio. He is a recent recipient of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Award for Best Essay.
"Pohlen...wrote them up with humorous glee and gentle jabs not common in travel guidebooks." —Des Moines Register
"Who knew...there were so many odd and unusual places in the Hawkeye State?" —Chicago Tribune
"In addition to off-beat locales worth a visit, the guidebook offers some fun, sometime-obscure facts." —The Hawk Eye
"The state is more than corn, pigs and Amana Colonies...he unearths places worth exploring." —Chicago Sun-Times
"Jerome Pohlen uncovers some really strange stuff from around the state, even right under our mid-Iowa noses." —Ames Tribune
"Full of fun-to-visit sites and fun-to-know things." —The Daily Nonpareil