In between cold spells and snow showers, we figure out ways to get out and see some of the historical landmarks of our state. There is so much history to experience everywhere and for much of it you don’t have to pay a penny to see it. This is just a sample of the bevy of Iowa importance that Burlington displays for all to study and enjoy…. like the cannons you can find throughout the city.
The banks of the Mississippi are well guarded at Crapo Park. This area is one of the many gems of Burlington with acres of public land full of walking trails, natural springs, caves, and beautiful bluffs that overlook the great river.
Not only can you observe this massive instrument of artillery, you can respectfully walk on its platform and sit in the gunner’s seat. Dankwardt Park is another impressive local park in Burlington that is nearby Crapo, giving the residents and travelers of Burlington a huge park district that rivals any other in beauty.
I have had a connection to cemeteries my whole life and have been seeking them out for many years. I can tell with all honesty say that Aspen Grove Cemetery is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. The hilly roads led us through breathtaking landscapes and the historic tour we were looking for. Our favorite ares of this massive cemetery was the Civil War section. The familiar white headstones displayed in uniform lines with a tall memorial looking over Aspen Grove and a cannon located near the fence line. The snow was fresh and powdery as it continued to fall in Aspen Grove. Huge flakes collected on the stones and memorials and only the crunch from our feet were the only sounds as we walked the paths. If you find yourself on the Great River Road, then please come and see one of the best scenery you’ll experience on your trip.