Family Adventures · Museums and History · Roadside Iowa · South Central Iowa

Team Goodvin Gothic


Eldon, IA: Wapello County

America’s roadside attractions have been luring in travelers ever since the tourism became an industry. Iowa has plenty to go around and thanks to Grant Wood we have one of the most popular stops for any road trip’ster! We were travelling through on our way to Ottumwa and we were lucky enough to see the location where the legendary American Gothic painting was created. Only a short distance from the Ottumwa metro area and Villages of Van Buren. So, swing by Eldon!

Leading up to the iconic house are interpretive stops. The Center has a lot of great information, but it was absolutely perfect weather outside and we spent most of our time on the grounds.

It’s amazing how much time you can spend in an area when you say you’re going to make a quick stop. You can spend all afternoon here if you’re a disc golfer. Chippewa Creek Disc Golf Course is right by the American Gothic grounds and gives you great historic backdrop to your disc golfing experience. Something tells me Grant Wood had hell of an approach from any distance.

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Grant Woods American Gothic is know as one of the most famous works of art in history. It’s also the second most parodied pieces behind the Mona Lisa. Art lovers from around the world respect the works of Grant Wood. Many of us dream of seeing the studios, landmarks, and homes to infamous creations around the world. Guess what? Folks abroad say the same about our landmarks and would love to be on the same path as Grant Wood someday. We Iowans are just a day trip away from one of the worlds most admired piece of artistic history. Something tells me Leonardo da Vinci would jump at the opportunity for good’ole fashion Iowa road trip to Eldon.


Be sure to read about out other trip to Wapello County! A huge day on Ottumwa!

Thanks for reading! -Team Goodvin

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