Fairly clean, all considering. Very large, so anybody needing to assist a bunch of kids can probably get up to 5 or so in there, all at the same time. Sometimes soap is available, other times, not. Always had toilet paper. The floor was clean, too. I give it a 7 on a scale of 10.
Like the historical museum in town, this attraction was closed when I drove by. I guess you need to call ahead before you go to some of these small towns, but I'm sorry I missed this. It looked interesting.
In addition to the exhibit of more than 40 windmills, there is a collection of antique tractors, an old school house, and many other mementoes of early-day life on a Kansas farm.
Upon arriving, I found the museum to be open only Monday through Friday, making it tough for weekend day-trippers like myself to visit.
Highlights of the museum are said to be an old-fashioned soda fountain, Victorian furnishings, and a display of antique wedding gowns.
These statues of John and Sarah Davis grace the monument. John lost his left hand to an infection, and chose to have his likeness accurately portrayed - without the missing hand.
Unforgiving Hiawatha residents stayed away from John Davis' funeral when he died in 1947, but current residents are thankful for the number of tourists passing through town and spending some cash.
Closer view allows visitors to see more of the life-size sculptures. In the early 1940s, John Milburn Davis had a wall built around the monument to discourage visitors from strolling among the statues.
Twenty to thirty thousand people a year find their way to Hiawatha to ponder the memorial erected by John Davis to honor his wife, Sarah. Some say that Davis never did treat his wife with respect while she was alive and that his extravagent spending on the memorial was intended as a slap in the face of his wife's heirs. Many local citizens resented his expenditures when the town was reeling from the great depression.
The main section of the memorial is covered by a 52-ton canopy. Eleven marble or granite statues surround the burial site.