The Wapello County Freedom Trail features five memorials that honor those that have served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Together, they create a touching and powerful trail through history. The trail includes the following stops:
The Wapello County Freedom Rock: Located outside of the Bridge View Center on Church Street, the rock features murals depicting military connections found in Wapello County including Tuskegee Airmen, National Guard Unit 833, and Naval Air Station Ottumwa.
The All Veterans Memorial: Located in Greater Ottumwa Park near the campgrounds, this memorial honors all the men and women of Wapello County who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
The Iowa Heartland History Connection: Formerly the Wapello County Histrical Society, the museum is located at 700 Farm Credit Dr and houses a Vietnam War exhibit as well as other military items connected to Wapello County.
The Wapello County Soldiers Monument: Located in Central Park, this monument was built in 1919 and honors the soldiers and sailors from the area who served in the Civil War.
The Civil War Soldier Wood Carving: This wood carving of a soldier stands overlooking the Civil War section of the Ottumwa Cemetery. It was carved from the remains of a tree that needed to be taken down that had stood for over 200 years.
For a map of the Wapello County Freedom Trail, please contact the Greater Ottumwa Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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