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...
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...
The Great Train Wreck of 1877 Monument

The Great Train Wreck of 1877 Monument

Twisted metal, shattered wood, and circus tickets blowing in the breeze… On the afternoon of August 29th, 1877, thousands descended on Altoona to see the aftermath of that morning’s train wreck. Word had traveled lightning-fast across the Des Moines Metro;...
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