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Celebrating an anniversary, Arnolds Park Amusement Park

22 Sep

I kind of missed this particular event. Never a fan of amusement parks, the Arnolds Park Amusement Park though celebrated its 125th anniversary. It is home to one of the oldest wooden roller coaster rides in the U.S. I am not a lover of rides and so have never gotten excited about traveling to amusement parks. But it is something of a testament to the community spirit of Arnolds Park and those who love the history and tradition of this particular amusement park set in Siouxland’s northwest Iowa, nestled along the lakes in that area. Not everyone can celebrate a 125th birthday and still look good for their age.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Celebrating 125 years in Siouxland, Remsen

10 Jul

Over the July 4 weekend I visited the small community of Remsen, Iowa, which celebrated its 125th anniversary, or its quasquicentennial (kwas key centennial). For such a small community, the turnout was spectacular with people attending downtown events and lining many streets to watch the parade. The only sad thing about these small communities, is that they remain small. Bustling with business and opportunity shortly after its founding and into the next century, as progress made its way across the Midwest and America, rural communities were left behind. A depression forced many to leave their hometowns and seek a better life elsewhere. But the one thing that did not leave, was pride in the community itself and the belief that opportunity is still there.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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