Dallas County Freedom Rock Dedication

Minburn, Iowa, population 365, is one of Dallas County’s smallest towns. Go north from the County Seat of Adel on Highway 169. You’ll find the new Dallas County Freedom Rock, which sits south of the Nineteen 14 bar and grill in the restored depot, near the Raccoon River Valley Bike Trail.

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Guest speakers will include The Freedom Rock artist and founder, Ray Michael Sorensen II, who recently completed painting the Dallas County Freedom Rock.

Also WHO-Radio personality, Simon Conway, who is on the Boards of Directors of the Puppy Jake Foundation (which provides service dogs to wounded veterans) and the battleship USS Iowa.

The Dallas County Freedom Rock is accompanied by a storyboard that tells about the men honored on it, and also other Dallas County heroes dating from the Civil War. Each person listed is also being remembered on the Dallas County (Iowa) History Facebook page, a few each week leading up to the dedication of the Freedom Rock at Minburn. Click on “Photos” in the left column to easily find them.

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Dallas County’s five Wilson brothers are honored on the south side of the Freedom Rock. The family picture was taken at Perry, Iowa, in November 1941. Donald Wilson was serving aboard the USS Yorktown and had jumped ship to come home, knowing once America was officially in the war, he wouldn’t get back for some time. It was the last time the whole family was together. One by one the other brothers enlisted. Only two came home.

The north side features football great and Heisman Trophy winner, Nile Kinnick, who lost his life in a training accident. And baseball Hall of Famer, Bob Feller, whose career was put on hold as he served during the war.

You are indeed cordially invited to the ceremony in Minburn at 10:00, Saturday, October 19.

4 comments

    • Minburn’s population is 365 souls. Big undertaking for one of the smallest towns in the county. Your question has been passed along to the rest of the committee, with time to work on it. Thanks!

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