Hiawatha Travel Guide

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Hiawatha Things to Do

  • The Public Bathroom Chez Dairy Queen

    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.

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  • Brown County Agriculture Museum

    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...

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  • Brown County Historical Society & Museum

    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.

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  • John and Sarah

    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...

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  • Detail View of Davis Memorial

    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.

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  • The Davis Memorial

    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...

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Hiawatha Restaurants

  • I don't think so...

    but no harm in asking. They have some fast food places, but generally I just pack a sandwich from home. If you must have dessert, drop by the Sonic and get the coconut cream pie shake. It's exquisite!

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  • Comes highly recommended

    A recent newsletter published by the Kansas' Explorers' Club recommended Gus' Family Restaurant as an outstanding local establishment in which to have lunch. Unfortunately, I arrived in Hiawatha too late on a Saturday afternoon for lunch, but Gus' was still open and I settled for a cup of coffee and a piece of pecan pie. I wish that I could tell...

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    by basstbn Written Oct 12, 2003

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    Located in the front yard of a home on Oregon Street, it is obvious that these yard art items are all home-made - just rustic enough to have character. Unique way to add color to your landscaping.

    What to buy: Most items here are related to farming or are geared to fans of regional university sports teams.

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Hiawatha Local Customs

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    by fraise Written May 9, 2004

    I have no idea on this one. I never stay long enough to really get into anybody's head. If you discover something, let me know.

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Hiawatha Tourist Traps

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    I think we can guess why it's vacant.

    by fraise Written May 9, 2004

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    This old millionaire decided to throw his jack toward building a shrine to himself and the missus, by having tonnes and tonnes of marble imported to create this creepy statuary.

    (However, it's now known that he did, in fact, donate some of his fortune, albeit anonymously, to some indigent locals.)

    Unique Suggestions: Bring a bunch of hats, and have fun dressing up the statues--then take pictures of your friends posed with them all. (Hey...it's a small town, and it's the best I could come up with. What else is there to do?)

    Fun Alternatives: There's always the local Wal-Mart on the northwest edge of town...

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Hiawatha Off The Beaten Path

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    by fraise Written May 7, 2004

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    We just drive around and visit old timers who haven't bought the farm yet. Cruising the streets of the town, you'll notice the proliferation of lawn ornaments and folk art that virtually saturate this quaint village. Be sure you bring your camera and plenty of film!

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Hiawatha Favorites

  • This one is an old family fave.

    This DQ has a TV located in the dining area so you can watch the tube if you get bored staring at people. I forgot to add the old gravestones at the cemetery are actually fairly interesting to read. The place originated in 1854, so you know there are some fascinating stories to be told surrounding the lives and deaths up in there.

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  • It's a Funky Adventure!

    Couldn't possibly just narrow it down to one...see my Top 10 list below... 10.People missing teeth.9.Trailers8.US Highway 159 to Falls City7.The Maple Leaf Inn6.That rustic charm.5.People with dirty fingernails.4.Steinbeck-ian ambience.3.Denizens who look like extras from "Children of the Corn."2.Hiawatha Cemetery (1859)1.Any and everything on...

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