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Places

All Cultural & Historic

  • Cannonball 457

    Built in 1912, this last remaining Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway steam locomotive – No. 457, the “Cannonball” – has been restored to reflect its appearance in the late 1920s. Mason City is also home to Iowa Traction Railroad, the only remaining organization that still uses electric locomotives to haul read more

  • Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

    A North Iowa cultural treasure, the museum includes a permanent collection of American art, the famous Bil Baird puppets, and an impressive range of ceramics. Genuinely an active center for the Arts, the museum offers changing exhibits, films, studio classes, special events, Imagination Playground, and a museum shop. More information read more

  • Kinney Pioneer Museum

    9184 265th St Clear Lake, IA 50428 Experience life on the Iowa frontier through the vintage exhibits and living history at the museum. A pioneer village with a one-room school house, log cabin, old jail, blacksmith shop. Demonstrations of pioneer crafts and trades during special event days. Call ahead for read more

  • Meredith Willson Boyhood Home

    This restored 1895 modified Queen Ann house was the birthplace and boyhood home of songwriter and playwright of “The Music Man,” Meredith Willson. More information about Meredith Willson Hours: Tues. – Sun. 1pm-5pm; closed holidays. Admission: (cost includes both The Music Man Square and Willson Boyhood Home) $6 adults, $3 students. read more

  • Prairie School Architectural Tour

    Prairie School Tour encompasses 14 blocks and Historical Tour is an additional 13 blocks beginning at 303 2nd St. SE. in Mason City. Self-guided tour of the largest group of Prairie School designed homes on a unified site, located in the Rock Crest & Rock Glen area.  Architecture designed by read more

  • Rancho Deluxe: The Original Bicycle Garden

    Recycled, re-purposed and rogue, this garden of art is a constant work in progress.  Elements from throughout the community’s history including bicycle racks, school gates, signs and even a 3,000 lb. piece of granite from the former County Courthouse have been utilized in creating this strangely unique, and ever-evolving hub read more

  • River City Sculptures on Parade

    Various locations in downtown Mason City (view Sculpture Walk map) River City Sculptures on Parade is an exciting exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round. Delight in the sights and sounds of downtown Mason City while experiencing the unique sculpture works of artists from all over the country. Self guided tour read more

  • The Music Man Footbridge

    Located on 2nd Street SE, connecting River Heights Drive and South Connecticut Avenue. Named in honor of Meredith Willson, Mason City native and internationally renowned composer, this bridge spans across Willow Creek and is featured on the Prairie School Architectural Tour / Historical Walking Tour. More information about Meredith Willson. More read more

  • The Music Man Square

    Featuring a 1912 streetscape with an ice cream parlor/soda fountain and gift shop, all in set designs from the Warner Brothers motion picture of The Music Man. There’s also an interactive museum highlighting Meredith Willson’s memorabilia and music-related exhibits. More information about Meredith Willson. Hours: Tues. – Sun. 1 pm read more