Whether you are interested in history or just want to enjoy the great outdoors, there are a variety of things to do and places to visit in Odebolt. Visit us today!
Work began in 2011 to develop Heritage Square Park, located along Second Street between Main and Maple Streets. A wealth of history is available in the Odebolt Museum, the Iowa Rural Schools Museum, the Peterson Pioneer Home and the historic bank building.
Displays feature military history, 1900s kitchen, a barbershop, hospital equipment, school memorabilia, music section, many local artifacts, as well as historical items and photos from Odebolt's past. Open by appointment. Call Mary Schroeder at (712) 668-2685, or Pam Hansen at 668-4338.
Second Street & Main Street
Located at the intersection of 2nd and Main Streets, the monument was donated around 1923 by W.P. Adams as a memorial to those who served their country in World War I. During Odebolt's Centennial in June 1977, a time capsule weighing 240 lbs was buried on the west end of the Monument, to be reopened in 2077.
Richland #1 rural school house was moved from the country to Heritage Square Park on 2nd Street in Odebolt in October 2011 and has been furnished with country school memorabilia from the Odebolt area as well as throughout Iowa. It is located across from the Odebolt Historical Museum and next to the Peterson Pioneer Home. Visit the website for current visiting hours.
This 1886 home was one of the first homes built in Odebolt. In 1975-76 the dwelling was refurbished and furnished with antiques of the 1800s. The Peterson Pioneer Home has recently been moved to Heritage Square Park on 2nd Street in downtown Odebolt, across from the Odebolt Museum. Contact Odebolt City Hall at 712-668-2231 (205 W. 2nd St.) for information or to set up a time to tour the home.
Located on Main Street between 1st and 2nd Streets. Built in 1915 as "First National Bank" by W.P. Adams of "Adams Ranch" fame, the bank remains in nearly original condition. The bank sat unused from 1934 to 1967 and served as "Odebolt State Bank" starting in 1967. In 2008 it became a branch of First State Bank of Ida Grove and the building was repaired and restored. The bank maintains a small history room, open occasionally, with history of the Adams banking and ranch interests.
100 South Main St.
Odebolt City Park
Park Avenue, between Fifth and Sixth Streets
Visit Odebolt's beautiful City Park and enjoy the shade of the majestic trees. The park has picnic tables, playground equipment for children as well as two shelters, which can be reserved. Located on Park Avenue between Fifth and SIxth Streets, it is only a short walk to the swimming pool. To reserve a park shelter, call (712) 668-2231.
Located at 300 Eighth Street, the corner of Eighth Street and Des Moines on the south edge of town, the pool is open during the summer. HOURS: 1-5 pm and 6-9 pm, weather permitting. Please call ahead to check for hours at 712-668-4512.
Memorial Walk Park
Stroll from Second to Eighth Streets, along Willow Avenue and the Odebolt Creek which flows through the town. An ongoing beautification project, the walk contains perennial flower gardens, benches for relaxing, and gazebos for picnics and family gatherings. View plaques on sidewalk squares given as memorials in remembrance of Odebolt residents of the past. The walk is lighted in the evening, spring through fall.
The Library offers a large selection of adult and children's' books, books on tape, videos, DVD's, computer games, several public computers, Internet access and a microfilm reader. Large room available for rental. Located at 200 S Walnut. 712- 668-2718
The east wall of the community center dining area features large murals depicting scenes from Odebolt's history, including the train depot, the Cracker Jack Company, the old school, and the Adams Ranch. The building has a kitchen and small and large meetings rooms for rent. To reach the Community Center, call (712) 668-2223, For reservations, call Steve and Renee Bengford at (712) 668-4561. Click here for more information.
116 East Second St.
A small, one-room house originally inhabited by Swedish immigrants is furnished with antiques and Swedish artifacts. Located behind Faith Lutheran Church, 708 Locust Street, 668-4515. Open by appointment.
Located in the Odebolt Cemetery just south of town on Des Moines Street, the monument was completed in 2003. It lists 939 veterans from the Odebolt area who served from 1900 to 2000 in WWI, WWII, the Korean War and in Vietnam. The monument is lighted at night.
1609 270th St.
Visit the Prairie Pedlar, a magical place in the country north of Odebolt. Visit greenhouses filled with phenomenal perennials, herbs, ornamental trees & shrubs, hanging baskets and filled containers. See the barn and gift shop! Free walking tours of the more than 50 display gardens from April through October, or by appointment. Events, workshops, and gardening classes for kids and adults.
Located 6 miles north from Odebolt on the M43 blacktop, then 1 mile west on 270th St. to 1609 270th Street (watch for signs). See open hours and more information at www.prairiepedlar.com