Siouxland history and Westman College, Le Mars

25 Oct

While driving about looking for fall color, I drove into Le Mars, Iowa, last week and meandered through a few streets until I came upon a park in that small town. I had been by this place in the early 2000’s just after moving to Sioux City, but had forgotten about it. It was the Westmar Memorial Park, situated in the area that was formerly Westmar College, a former college of the United Methodist Church which served the Le Mars community for 107 years. The small campus has since undergone some revitalization with former dormitory rooms converted into apartments and businesses renting or purchasing former college buildings. The trees in the park were absolutely gorgeous though for the fall season, with a rain storm closely following me into town. The colors and darkened sky created a more dynamic and dramatic look making the trees’ color come more alive.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

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