Walnut, Iowa ca 1913
Walnut Creek Historical Society and Museum
Walnut, Iowa - Preserving our Past
December 2023: Our Founders
A list of our founding fathers has been put together. These men were the early movers and shakers in the town in the early 1870s.
November 2023: German Bible
This bible was "found in the museum", as we call it. We've recently uncovered some facts about it.
November 2022: Homemade Dollhouse
See the dollhouse made in 1931 and now donated to our museum!
October 2022: NEW DISPLAY ROOM!
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.
Check out our new room at this link -
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.
Watch these video tours created by Craig Carlsen, the Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation.
Historical Site Tours:
We offer tours of the town during fair weather months. Drop us a message to arrange your tour. Great for class reunions!
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