Last week I wrote about my trip to the famous “American Gothic” house in Edon, Iowa. A town of just over 900, Eldon is one of the small town, Iowa gems I truly love. Before we headed to our final destination, we stopped off at a local antique and furniture renovation shop—Junk’e in the Trunk—and scooped up a few vintage treasures.
After finding out there was no pie to be had from the Pitchfork Pie Stand, we decided to sooth our disappointment (and hungry stomachs) with a trip to nearby Ottumwa for old-fashioned milkshakes from Rexall South Side Drug. At only $1.75 each—$1.80 if you want to take your’s to go—a shake at the pharmacy’s soda fountain and lunch counter is the perfect detour on a summer afternoon.
We also made a quick detour—literally—to the gravesite of Curtis King, the oldest man to enlist and fight in the U.S. Civil War. Keep your eyes peeled for this one—the only marker is a brown “Historic Marker” sign about 20 feet before the site’s entrance.