Often when you’re driving around the highways and byways of America, you see things you don’t understand. See this collage from an old Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum which included a photo of me in Brandon. This is the story of one of those things that doesn’t have a clue in its actual location, no sign, no information, nothing.
The cowboy is near the McDonalds/Love’s gas station just off Interstate 80 just outside Newton, Iowa. (Note: be careful turning around to get to the drive thru window it’s a horrible turn.) You might know Newton from the Maytag appliances (no longer there), the amazing Maytag Blue Cheese, the Iowa Speedway or their amazing public library. Drive around town if you stop they also have a wonderful collection of downtown murals and a huge lizard statue outside the public library.
The upshot is it was originally in front of a cowboy restaurant in Oklahoma that had some connection with Love’s gas stations. When the restaurant closed down they decided to move it to an active location and randomly picked the Newton location as it was freshly opened.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.