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Griswold

Located at the intersection of Highways 48 and 92, Griswold was founded in 1879 and named after railroad director J.N.R. Griswold. Today, Griswold is home to 1,036 residents.

While you’re in town, stroll the lovely Main Street and enjoy the beautifully renovated planting beds, Veterans Park and Gazebo Park as well as the Cass County Museum, the International Harvester Museum, and Allis-Chalmers Museum on Cass Street. The Main Street also has several restaurants to dine or enjoy a cup of coffee or dessert.

The wooden Leather’s Playground is a must stop for children of all ages. So is the City Park, the Cocklin Fish Farm, which stocks bullheads, crappies, blue gills, and catfish, and the Ford Museum one mile north of town. Griswold also has a lovely nine-hole golf course and swimming pool just east of town.

Events

The Old Soldiers Reunion
First weekend after July 4

Apple Days – Early Fall

Museums

Cass County Museum
412 Main Street • (712) 778-5040

The Cass County Historical Museum is housed in the first bank in Griswold which was built by Franklin H. Whitney in 1880 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been completely restored, redecorated and it reopened in July, 2007.

The Museum houses archives and artifacts covering many aspects of life in Cass County. The earliest Indian inhabitants to the Mormons who passed through this area, starting in 1846, to the early pioneers who made Cass County home to the present day.

The exhibits cover 25 areas of history and contain over 7,000 artifacts. Come take a “Trip through Time” as you enjoy the wide variety of exhibits. For additional information, visit www.cchmiowa.org.

ALLIS CHALMERS MUSEUM
706 Cass Street • (712) 778-2586

The Royal Bierbaum family has a collection of 40 tractors from the 1914 “10-18” and 1918 “6-12” to the 1973 model “220” including the Rumely 6, Rumely Do-All, United, M crawler. They also have early farming and household appliances, such as a 1920’s kitchen, with the old cook stove, wall telephone, antique clock and cistern water pump. Wooden handcrafted model farmsteads, unusual barns, and implements made by Wayne Kirchhoff are also featured.

Rush Fords
66859 550th Street • (712) 778-4152

Rush Fords features tractors from a 1926 Fordson through Ford model 6000, some IHC tractors and machinery. Howard and Doris also have some excellent Ford cars on display including two 1957 retractacle hardtops. Other cars and pickups from a 1926 Model T to a 2002 Thunderbird convertible, and a 1968 Ford fire truck. They have a “malt shop” with a juke box, and Texaco car service station.

RUSH IH ANTIQUE FARM DISPLAY
500 Main Street • (712) 778-2213

Dale and Norma Rush are members of the Iowa #5 IH Collectors and have a huge collection of IH machinery dating from the 1800’s to the 1950’s, plus many other collectibles of early years. They have put together an authenic display of items used on the farm from the kitchen to the barn! A must see.

THE DEERE SHOP
8 miles east of Griswold • (712) 778-4604

The Baier family have a collection of over 40 John Deere two cylinder tractors and crawlers. They also have a large collection of antique farm equipment as well as hand tools, memorabilia and toys. Located 8 miles east of Griswold on Hwy 92 on the north end of Lyman.

ESHELMAN’S MINNEAPOLIS-MOLINE
8 miles south of Griswold • (712) 767-2597

Gale Eshelman has a nice collection of Minneapolis-Moline tractors and implements on display, plus a working player piano, memorabilia and other antiques. Located on Hwy 48 in Elliott, Iowa

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