So why, you might ask, did I drag my travel partner 20 minutes out of our way to see what is essentially just a giant rock? Great question! The short answer? I can’t pass up attractions like the Slayton Rock.
I have an unshakeable soft spot for seemingly insignificant attractions. I love the idea that no matter how small or trivial, these little tourist stops mean something big to the people who create them. About five miles southwest of Casey, Iowa, on a back country road, I found another one of these tiny treasures in Slayton Rock.
Weighing in at 500,000 pounds and standing more than 16 feet high, this boulder is a behemoth. In fact, in the fall of 1999 it took Don and Betty Slayton 3,000 horsepower to move the gigantic boulder from their nearby field. And that’s pretty much it. If you’re extra interested, you can read extensively about the moving of the rock here. But essentially, that’s the gist.
And sometimes, when you’re traveling the back roads of adventure, that’s all you can ask for.
Slayton Rock, 1174 Fontanelle Road in Casey, Iowa
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