Clinton Iowa CVB
Business Name: Clinton, Iowa CVB
Business Genre: Midwest, CVB
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Situated at the crossroads of Lincoln Highway and Great River Road, Clinton is the eastern-most point in the state of Iowa. During the late 19th century, Clinton was regarded as the lumber capital of the nation; a history that is reflected in Clinton’s many old sawmills. Today, agriculture plays a big role in Clinton’s economy, which is visible in the beautiful rolling fields, filled with luscious crops. Explore the history of this fascinating river town and discover a lifestyle that is filled with music during the entire summer; your experience will stand out from today’s norm.
Music around town from May to August
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy live music around town. Finally Fridays opens up the floor on the first Friday of the month, with two bands playing by the Mississippi River at the Riverview Bandshell during June, July, and August. On selected Wednesdays, the Lyons Farmers Market does not only offer fresh produce and home baked goods, it takes over the Lyons Four Square Park starting at 5:00. Every Thursday, from June to August, the downtown district hosts Music in the Ave, a show that goes from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and revelers get to visit peculiar shops while enjoying a cold beer. Finally, locals love weekends at the ballpark, where professional Class A team “The LumberKings” bring excitement to the field, plus live music after every weekend game.
Local Favorite “Chicken George” at the Candlelight Inn
In the early 1970s, Bob Prescott, founder and father of the current Candlelight Inn owner, Matt, was busy serving his guests at the Candlelight Inn in the 100 block or West Third in downtown Sterling. One of his regulars, a gentleman named Roger Young, came in to dine. Roger asked Bob for “something different.” Immediately, Bob thought about his fry cook George's new dish.
George M. Curtis Mansion
On this guided tour, guests explore this beautiful mansion that has been listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Indulge in wine tastings on this relaxing visit to one of Clinton’s historical mansions.
DE Immigrant Windmill
This impressive Dutch windmill stands 90 feet tall on the dike in Fulton, Illiniois. The new windmill was built specifically for Fulton in Heiligerlee, the Netherlands. Dutch millwrights built the structure, took it apart, shipped the pieces to the United States, and traveled to Fulton several times to reassemble the structure. It was dedicated at the annual Dutch Days festival in May 2000. The windmill stands proudly along the banks of the Mississippi River to honor the local Dutch heritage. It is fully operational, using the sails to run millstones to grind grain. The windmill employs a set of blue basalt millstones to produce flour from wheat, rye, corn, buckwheat, and flaxseed. Stone-ground flours are produced at the windmill and sold at the Windmill Cultural Center gift shop.
The Sawmill Museum
Lumber was an essential resource in the city of Clinton, not only for the construction of buildings and barns but also for its contribution to the industry that brought the railroad, immigrants, and entrepreneurs. Hear the buzz of the sawmill as logs are cut into lumber and envision the workings of the Struve Mill, where hundreds of pieces of wood became beautiful trims, doors, and flooring. Experience what life was really like in a lumber camp and explore the authentic sawmill equipment exhibited throughout the museum. Then, watch in amazement as four famous Clinton lumber barons come back to life to share the story of how they put the city of Clinton on the map as one of the world’s largest producers of lumber.
Clinton County Historical Society Museum
Since its establishment in 1964, the Clinton County Historical Society Museum has established a collection of artifacts from Clinton County. The museum has an impressive collection of the work of local artisans. Exhibits and galleries take up two floors of the building and display local art, artifacts and history, antique musical instruments, and much more. After exploring the fascinating and interactive museum, guests can stop into the gift shop, where an assortment of local historical books, prints, and souvenirs can be purchased.
George M. Curtis Mansion
With its original Tiffany glass windows, delicately carved banisters, ornate wood trim, and massive fireplaces, this restored Victorian home of lumber baron George M. Curtis is a prime example of period architecture. Rich in the history of the area, the mansion makes an interesting venue for special events. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information, contact Clinton, Iowa CVB Director Mary Seely via phone at (563) 559–2193 or via e-mail using the form below.
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