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Osborne Conservation Center

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5 miles south of Elkader on Iowa 13, near Osborne

This site is of interest for two reasons: it houses a 260-acre demonstration area of trees and plant material that can be used successfully in erosion control, and it is a place where several historic folk buildings have been relocated. These include a log cabin (c. 1840), a one-room schoolhouse, a railroad depot, and a blacksmith shop.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Osborne Conservation Center", [Elkader, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 96-96.

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