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Howard County Bronze Statues

The Howard County Business and Tourism Group is emphasizing Howard County as the only 'rural' county in the state of Iowa.  A new brochure is being prepared by this group and will feature the "Bronze Statues of Howard County"--a play on the "Bridges of Madison County".  The new brochure explains the bronze statue project:

"The Bronzes of Cresco was conceived as an idea to make Cresco an even more unique community.  This idea has now been embraced by all cities in Howard County.  The emphasis is to raise community and visitor awareness to a form of art not readily available outside museums and galleries. 

Each piece is signed by the artist and upon examination, similar themes are present....  Some of the pieces are truly bronze in color and if not maintained will develop the green patina while others are colored intentionally at the foundry. 

This is truly a community and volunteer effort.  Local masonry and ready mix companies provide bases, local equipment owners set the statues, and a local jeweler makes the plaques with coating from a local auto body painter.  Of course, most important is the people of Cresco and Howard County who recognize this unique project and provide funding."



Children on Log
"Three Grandchildren on Log"
(corner of N. Elm & 1st Ave)
Two Children with Violin
"Children Playing Violin"
(corner Hwy 9 & N. Elm)
Two Children on a Bench
"Two Little Ones Together"
(Corner Hwy 9 & N. Elm; Chamber Office)
Boy Playing Basketball
"Boy Playing Basketball"
(Hwy 9 & V58; Medicap)
Boy With Dog
"Boy Reading With His Dog"
(Hwy 9 W; Bethany Housewares)
Two Children Reading
"Girl and Boy Reading"
(2nd Ave; Cresco Bank & Trust)
Boy on Bike
"BMX Superbike"
(Hwy 9 E; REC)

Boy and Girl on Bench
"Going To School"
(Crestwood High School)
Three Children With Basketball
"Three Children Playing With Ball"
(Cresco Wellness Center)
(2nd Ave; Notre Dame Elementary)
Boy Caddy
"Boy Caddy"
(N. Elm; Hoines Drug)
Girl In Rocker Reading
"Girl In Rocker With Cat Reading"
(N. Elm & 4th Ave; Cresco Public Library)
Girl on Trike
"Girl on Trike"
(N. Elm & 10th Ave; Evans Home)

Three Kids on Log with Beatle
"Three Children On Log With Beetle"
(1st Ave & 3rd St W; Balk Park)

Two Boys with Tire Swing
"Two Boys With A Tire Swing"
(Hwy 9 W; Beadle Park)

Two Children on a Horse
"Boy and Girl On A Horse"
(Early Childhood Development Center)
Boy Fireman
"Boy Fireman"
(2nd St W; Cresco Fire Station)

Mailbox Boy
"Mail Box Boy"
(N Elm; Howard County Courthouse)

Girl With Flute
"Girl Playing Flute"
(N Elm; Leuthold's Clothing

Girl Reading/Cat
"Girl Reading With Cat On Bench"
(Emmanuel Lutheran Church)

Four Children Walking on Log
"Four Children Walking On A Log To School"
(Schroder Dr; Crestwood Elementary)
Doctor Is In
"The Boy Veterinarian"
(N Elm; just S of Old City Hall)

Break Time
"Break Time For Two"
(115 2nd Ave W: nest to Opera House)

Fishing Day
"Happy Day Of Fishing For Three"
(11562 Valley Ave; Nature Center)

Two Boys With Car
"Two Boys With Car"
(Hwy 9 E; CIA Building)

Baseball Player
"Baseball Player"
(East Park)

Girl With Wheelbarrow
"Girl Gardener"
(N Elm; Up & Running Electronics)

Lady Justice
"Themis: Greek Goddess of Divine Law, Custom and Prophecy"
(N Elm; Elwood Law Office)

Two Kids on a Trike
"Buddies On A Trike"
(N Elm)

Boy Golfer
"Boy Golfer Characterization"
(Vernon Rd; Cresco Country Club)

Boy Reading
"Boy Reading With His Dog"
(Lime Springs near Library)

Boy Soldier
"Soldier Boy"
(N Elm: Howard County Courthouse)

Boy and Girl on Teeter-Totter
'Teeter-Totter Friends"
(Lime Springs: near bank)


"Fallen Heroes Memorial"

(American Legion Building on Park Place)

Mother Reading To Child
"Lady Reading To Child"
(First Lutheran Church)


"Little Businessman"

(Holstrom's Jewelry on Elm St)


"Girl Reading to Pet Cat"

(Elma Welcome Center:  across from Public Lib)


"Headin Down Trail"

(Elma Roundhouse Trail Head:  Corner of Busti Ave & Elm)


"Girl Gardener"

(Welcome To Elma Sign:  E on 185th Ave)

Girls Jumping Rope

"Girls Jumping Rope"

(Kessel Lodge in Cresco)


"Baby Elvis"

(N Elm St in Cresco

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