Those who have in interest in barns will enjoy seeing the 1913 round barn, east of town on state highway 9. It is a large barn, measuring 92 feet in diameter. Remember, however, this is on private property. I obtained permission to take photos.
The State Bank of Blue Rapids, a family-owned bank has occupied this native limestone building since 1870, and has maintained the architectural and aesthetic integrity of this stately structure.
Blue Rapids boasts the oldest library west of the Mississippi which has been in continuous operation in the same building. Built in 1876 of native limestone.
National Register of Historic Places #72000514; added to registry in 1972
If you ever go to the Blue Valley Cafe, I hope you make a less auspicious entry than I did. I couldn't get the door open, then figured out how easy it was and went crashing in. This guy must be from out of town. OK - what was your first clue? But of course, this being the kind of town it is, everybody was friendly and the food was really, really the home-made kind of stuff, and it was very decently priced. They had already run out of vegetables when I arrived so I couldn't get the roast beef dinner, but they accommodated me by making a hot roast beef sandwich (with real, not instant, mashed potatoes). I know because they had actual pieces of potato. The folks that came in before me had to get fries with their fried chicken special because they were out of mashed potatoes. It makes sense for a small-town place like this to not make an over-abundance of anything, then make waste by throwing away leftovers.
Best of all - they had sour cream raisin pie! I can never resist sour cream raisin pie, no matter what kind of diet I am on. And it was rich, rich, rich. Deliciously so.
Sitting here afforded me the opportunity to catch up on the status of the wheat harvest, too. The locals are itching to get into the fields, but the ground is still too wet for the combines. The moisture has been great for the corn, though.
Favorite Dish: Pie ~ PIE ~ pie ~ pIe
Made at home by the server's mom. But the hot roast beef sandwich was exceptional, too!