EXPLORE: Behold!

When you hear someone say, “You gotta see this!” More than likely, they’ll be pointing at one of the following man-made marvels of central Iowa.

Roseman Bridge in Winterset
2451 Elder Berry Ave., Winterset
Is it haunted? Mysterious, high-pitched noises have made The Roseman Bridge famous. According to local legend, the ghost of a man hanged there in 1892 still haunts this majestic relic to this day. Of course, the bridges of Madison County were also made famous by Robert James Waller’s best-selling romance novellas, “The Bridges of Madison County.” Just make sure you visit during broad daylight.

West End Architectural Salvage
22 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines
Vintage items, antiques, one-of-a-kind treasures... Enjoy four floors and 50,000 square feet of pure viewing pleasure at West End Architectural Salvage. The first-floor coffee shop offers ample opportunity to get caffeinated and go on a treasure adventure.

John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
1330 Grand Ave., Des Moines
The crown jewel of downtown Des Moines features two dozen eye-popping pieces of oversized artwork sprawling across 4-plus acres of urban green space, which, come winter, will be white space. Enjoy seeing this favorite destination from a different perspective — through snowflake-covered eyelashes.
The best part? Admission to the park is free.

The Iowa Quilt Museum
68 E. Court Ave., Winterset
It’s been said that, “In the quilt of life, friends are the stitching that holds it together.” Grab a friend and be each other’s stitching while enjoying the Iowa Quilt Museum together, located on the south side of the Winterset Square. Attendees can observe a rotating mix of exhibits. According to its website, “The Iowa Quilt Museum welcomes quilters, quilt lovers, history buffs, and all appreciators of American art and culture. Our mission is to promote appreciation of the American quilt and the art of quilting through displays of quilts and information about quilt history.”

Iowa State Capitol Building
1007 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines
The gold-plated dome protruding from the eastern edge of downtown Des Moines pinpoints the state’s capitol building.
In case you were wondering: The gold leaf covering the dome is 250,000th of an inch thick and is 23 and 3/4 karat gold.

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
100 Locust St., Des Moines
This world-class museum is, among other things, an educational facility featuring interactive displays on hunger and food security. To take a tour of this magnificently restored Beaux Arts space, visit them online to make a reservation.
Note: The World Food Prize Foundation’s Hall of Laureates is a special tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner and World Food Prize founder Dr. Norman Borlaug. The $29.8 million capital project restored the century-old Des Moines Public Library Building.

‘Apollo and Venus’ at Hoyt Sherman Place
1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
In February of 2016, as Hoyt Sherman’s executive director rummaged through a little-used storeroom for something completely unrelated, he happened to notice a painting wedged between a table and the wall. Upon closer inspection, this unlikely find turned out to be a 400-year-old early Baroque panel painting depicting the figures of Apollo, Venus and Cupid. The relic’s condition has been greatly restored, and the results are spectacular.
Note: Hoyt Sherman Place Art Galleries house one of the most unique and notable art collections in the city. Many of its pieces were donated by Major Byers, a close friend of William T. Sherman — the brother of Hoyt Sherman.
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