Burget Mill

Burget Mill

Burget Mill is Altoona’s oldest family-owned business. The company’s been around since 1896, making it only 20 years younger than our town itself. Burget Mill has grown a lot over the decades, just as Altoona has. However, they’ve always stayed true to their local...
The Macklin House and the Haines Park Hotel

The Macklin House and the Haines Park Hotel

They were no Ritz-Carlton or Caesars Palace but they charmed visitors immensely, nonetheless. At the turn of the 19th century in Altoona, two hotels helped support the town as it grew in popularity. The Macklin House—named after a popular racehorse in the area—came...
Altoona Airport (Des Moines Aviation Park)

Altoona Airport (Des Moines Aviation Park)

Long before the ground beneath Adventureland Resort became the home for rollercoasters, it housed another form of thrills— an airport that was the site of everything from legendary celebrity visits to high-action air shows. The Des Moines Aviation Park in Altoona had...
Stagecoach Route Marker

Stagecoach Route Marker

It was 1857, and a stagecoach carrying Iowa’s greatest treasures had run into trouble… One winter evening in 1857, as a snowstorm pummeled Iowa, a lone stagecoach crossed the Little Four Mile Creek in Altoona—the same sometimes-troublesome waterway that, 20...
Korean / Vietnam Memorial

Korean / Vietnam Memorial

A reminder of what our community can build when we’re united… One day, back in 2001, Doug Teuber was driving through Altoona when he hit the brakes. There, resting in someone’s front yard like a sleeping giant, was a stone weighing approximately 16 tons. Just...
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