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The Freedom Rock, Menlo

4.8
#48 of 87 in Sightseeing in Iowa
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  • Only takes a few minutes but well worth the stop. Be sure and look in the shed and see photos of all the previous years. Must stop if your anywhere in the area.  more »
  • Freedom rock is a must see attraction. Just a few miles off interstate I-35. Hard to really put into words what happens when you visit here. It's a feeling of pride and honor for everyone who has ever...  more »
  • Located only a mile off of I-80, the rock has been repainted yearly since 1999. It's always a moving tribute to our soldiers. Don't go expecting any frills, or even a restroom. It's there as a show of...  more »
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  • Just love this place, creator/painter Ray "Buba" Swanson does an excellent job, he makes sure it's done by memorial day every year. His website explains the story of the paintings on the rock. Words cannot do justice for all the work he does every year. I just love it. If you go close to memorial day chances are you will find him there painting it. He is also painting a rock for every country in Iowa (99 I believe).
  • I love it every year. It's to celebrate our veterans who fought on the ground. Got no sleep, didn't eat right, wore down their bodies, all for us. For the freedom that we are allotted. Why wouldn't I go commemorate that.
  • This was the smallest place with the most amazing painted rock I've ever seen! He paints it differently every year around Memorial Day. Can't wait to stop again.
  • Incredibly beautiful. The talent is just outstanding. Great tribute to the vets.
  • Amazing!! Each year this rock is painted with amazing images showing the utmost respect! We make it an annual event to drive from Omaha & travel on to Dexter IA to Drew's chocolates & have dinner @ the Rusty Duck.

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