RAGBRAI Learn about the Land; Day 5, July 2008

(2008) RAGBRAI Learn about the Land; Day 5, July 2008. Natural Resources, Department of


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Today, after you descend into the valley of the Iowa River north of Marengo, the route turns east on county road F15 and approaches the historic Amana Society. Settled in the late 1850s by German immigrants of the Community of True Inspiration, the new arrivals utilized the local timber and stone resources to construct their buildings. During these early years several stone quarries were opened in the hills along the north wall of the Iowa River valley near East, Middle, and West Amana. Riders will pass close to one of these old quarries 0.7 miles west of West Amana. The stone taken from these quarries is beautiful quartz-rich sandstone that is cemented by light brown to orange tinged iron oxide. This stone was used in the construction of many buildings in Amana.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: RAGBRAI, DNR, Landscape
Subjects: State government > State agencies
Recreation and tourism
Land use, development, and construction > Land use planning
ID Code: 6468
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2008 18:52
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2008 18:52
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/6468