Explore the first people in our area and study through projectile points, writings, and pictures. Continue with the arrival of the first settlers from the East and the establishment of Joetown, Frytown, Richmond, Middleburg, and Sharon Center. Other events on the timeline include Iowa becoming a state, the Civil War, negotiations with railroad companies to lay a road connecting with towns to the east to the coal fields of What Cheer. The inspirational story of William Louden and the invention of hay trolleys is shared within a small demonstration barn.
The exhibit ends with railroad wall – a wall mural, map of the railroad line, timeline, and full wall graphic of an engine, with a push button train whistle.