This time in Iowa. First came a few days in Spirit Lake, then in Forest City. While on our way to our appointment at Winnebago’s Factory Service, the Great Lakes of Iowa called out for a pleasant stop. Northern Iowa only has a few good-sized lakes, but Okoboji and Spirit are two of the largest and are close to each other. This area is known, locally, for fishing and boating and a lot of vacationing in the summer, but is very quiet this time of year.
We have been catching up on a lot of reading while also catching up to winter weather. We are just now starting to see the sun for the first time in over a week, and heavy coats are finally being replaced with lighter jackets.
While in Sioux Falls last week, we spent some time at a Barnes and Noble store, getting ideas for future reading. One that caught Bob’s attention was “38 Nooses”, subtitled “Lincoln, Little Crow, and the beginning of the Frontier’s End”. It is a history book dealing with the Sioux Uprising that took place in southern Minnesota during the Civil War. It ended with the largest mass execution in US history with 38 Indians being hung in Mankato Minnesota at the same time. Abraham Lincoln personally decided to spare the lives of an additional 265 condemned prisoners. We now have an electronic copy of this book.
Before leaving Spirit Lake, we found a historical marker at site of the Spirit Lake Massacre Monument in nearby Arnolds Park. This monument opened as one of Iowas’s first tourist attractions and marks the location of an earlier Indian uprising. Here 36 settlers were initially slain and 4 prisoners taken captive (only 2 survived). More history can be found at http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/20626
We arrived in Forest City on Saturday for our Monday appointment. Their customer lounge is a spacious and comfortable to wait while repairs are being done. Pets are also welcome and we met Marley, who loves to be petted by everyone. He waits on his back until the next person comes to pet him.