Gallivanting with Linder Tire Service · Museums and History · Southwest Iowa

Raised in the Adams County Jail

Another great trip sponsored by Linder Tire Service here on The Iowa Gallivant!

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Once the headquarters for justice this Southwest Iowa town and also a home to the elected sheriff and family.

Corning, IA: Adams County

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Meet the Goodvins! My father Jim on the far left, my uncle Larry being held by my Papa Hoot, and my Grandma Edna holding Aunt Julie who supplied this beautiful family picture.

Think of all the stories you’ve heard about childhood homes. Did anyone ever say “After we ate breakfast, Mom would pack our lunch and then feed the inmates their county funded meal….”? Not too many of us, but if you lived in Adams County, Iowa and your Dad was the sheriff, your home was the old jailhouse. It’s been a long time since those days, but this historic building still stands, now as one of Iowa’s most interesting county museum’s.

The Adams County House of History has done an amazing job of loading it with important history from the area, Iowa, and even the world. All the while keeping much of it looking like the old days when it was both a jailhouse and family home. The picture on the left is where inmates would carve their names into the wood. As you can see, we had a family member get three hots and a cot here for a little stay.

Original television sets, antique radios, ovens and telephone operator stations and plenty of farm implements. I’ll be honest, some of them looked a little creepy. One of the priceless items here is a chest that came to America on the Mayflower and has somehow made its home in Corning, Iowa. These are the kind of pieces that make our local museums an absolute treasure and keep us wondering what we’re going to see next.

Not only was my grandfather, Bryan “Hoot” Goodvin, a proud sheriff, he was also a very decorated mechanic for the Flying Tigers in WWII. He received the Chinese Hauchow Award for Bravery by Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek. This honor along with other prestigious medals, artifacts and letters from local vets are some of the most inspiring exhibits at the Adams County House of History.

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You can’t bring up Corning, Iowa without talking about legendary TV personality, Johnny Carson who was born here. That’s right, folks. We Iowans know how to keep people laughing and entertained. We’re good times.

We loved our time in Corning and we don’t make it here if our vehicles can’t get on the road. We’re proud to be the On the Road Ambassadors for Linder Tire service and they’re skilled mechanics have been keep folks traveling since the 1930’s in Iowa City, North Liberty and Grinnell!

How do you pass the time at Linder Tire Service when you’re waiting for your car? The Grinnell location has plenty of ways to keep you occupied when you’re getting new tires, oil changes, brakes inspected and more!

Linder Tire Service has the great brands you know and trust when it comes to your vehicle’s upkeep and maintenance. You can click here to see the coupons that Linder Tire Service is offering. Now would be a good time to get your alignment checked because it could save you a lot of money in the long run and increase the life of your tires. I’m learning a lot from these dudes at Linder!

Let’s be safe out there and Linder Tire Service has the crew to make that happen. So, make your appointment to get those shocks checked out, screeching brakes replaced, dull windshield wipers switched out and all those fluids inspected. And just try to out due my pirate from above! (*Disclosure: I didn’t actually color in that pirate and I do not posses that much talent on anything. Thank you.)

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I told you Linder Tire Service has been around since the 1932!

*Linder Tire Service is the sponsor to the content on this blog post. All the opinions expressed are of our own. Thanks for Gallivanting!

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