World's Largest Swedish Coffee Pot in Stanton, Iowa

World’s Largest Swedish Coffee Pot & Cup in Stanton, Iowa

You’ve probably never heard for Virginia Christine. But you might recognize her as Mrs. Olson from Folgers’ retro TV commercials. Christine was a Stanton, Iowa native and in 1971, the southwest Iowa town’s water tower was transformed into a Swedish coffee pot—complete with handle, spout and top knob—in honor of Stanton’s famous daughter…

World's Largest Popcorn Ball in Sac City, Iowa

The World’s Largest Popcorn Ball in Sac City, Iowa

While it’s a little tricky to see through the glare of the window, this tiny shed in Sac City, Iowa houses the world’s largest ball of popcorn. Fun fact: this 2,175-population town is home to the Noble Popcorn Farms, “one of the finest popcorn growing areas in the world” according to the company’s website…

Large black glasses marking the Buddy Holly Crash Site near Clear Lake, Iowa

Visit the Buddy Holly Crash Site near Clear Lake, Iowa

On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly and his band played the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa as part of their Winter Dance Party tour across the Midwest. Frustrated with uncomfortable travel conditions on the tour bus, Holly chartered a small plane to the band’s next venue in Moorhead, Minnesota.

L.J. Maasdam's Wheel Art located in a field near Grinnell, Iowa

L.J. Maasdam’s Wheel Art near Grinnell, Iowa

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I found an entry about L.J. Maasdam’s wheel art on Roadside America. Most of the photos were small and showed very little of what the sculpture actually looks like, but on a whim, we got off the highway. And I’m here to let you know: it’s better than you could imagine in person…