Walnut, Iowa ca 1913
Walnut Creek Historical Society and Museum
Walnut, Iowa - Preserving our Past
November 2022: Homemade Dollhouse
just in time for Christmas, see the dollhouse made in 1931 and now donated to our museum!
October 2022: NEW DISPLAY ROOM!
After many months, we have opened up a new display space in the basement, adding several square feet to our public area. This was after mold remediation and basement water-proofing, construction of walls, cutting cement (!), and making a deck over the old boiler hole (don't ask - a long story!).
Our new room has several photographs and displays, most notably a history of Parades and Celebrations in Walnut.
Before there were Fun Days, there was the Fall Festival. Going back further, it was the Corn Festival and Sauerkraut Days. It all began with Ring Ride Day in the late 1800s.
Here are some photos of the new display - we hope you can come and see them!
May 2021: 53 New Displays!
We have completely re-done our main museum site, making entirely new displays, adding new artifacts, photographs, and discoveries on all three floors of our building.
We open back up on weekends in May 2023. But, until then, call Rick at 402-960-5771 to arrange a tour of the museum.
Watch these video tours created by Craig Carlsen, the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation.
Historical Site Tours
Watch Facebook for our next Walnut Historical Site Tour.
Go to our store page to buy a copy of the tour map.
Mounted upon a beautiful slope, serene to the eyes soft scope. Studded with mansions, without a hut, is the quiet hamlet of Walnut.
The houses are frame, the stores are brick, the people who live there have not a mean trick. The lawns are beautiful, the sidewalks neat. To live in Walnut is quite a treat.
The town is growing so very fast, the houses are filled to the very last. And as I take the bird’s eye view, I see many houses that are nearly new.
As the spring begins to fade, and the summer throws its shade, the cattle in the fields appear, and for the frosts we have no fear.
The blossoms on the trees in profusion are ready for the busy bees intrusion. Some belong to the cherry, some to the peach. We hope to see the fruit within our reach.
Prosperous is the outlook for the year. It is only the cyclones that we fear. Sometimes they come in silence with rain, and sometimes with the alacrity of an express train.
As the seasons come and seasons go, some with sunshine and some with snow, many hearts are heavy, many are light. Yet we think Walnut to be just about right.
It is now the month of May, and I am going far away. But I will remember Walnut town, as a place of much renown.
Rev. E.F. James, 1906