Gateway Park and Preserve is located 1/2 mile north of the City of Marengo, Iowa and occupies a portion of the southern bank of the Iowa River. The project site is 131 acres and includes a 41-acre lake and a 12-acre pond which were created through the excavation of sand and gravel which was used for a concrete business. There is a network of walking and biking trails, that encompass the lake and pond.
This half-block site includes an 1856 log cabin, 1861 log house, 1890’s rural farmhouse, the relocated Chicago Rock Island RR depot from Victor, and a 1930’s gas station from Hartwick, IA. The filling station display includes an antique race car and 1938 fire truck. The various structures house exhibits of farm machinery as well as household and country store items, clothing and military history. The museum's collection of uniforms and military gear span from the Spanish American War through the Civil War, World War I, World War II (includes both men's and women's uniforms), Vietnam and Desert Storm.
A Resource Library is available and we are capable of helping people do research on families, communities, churches, schools, businesses, etc. We also have copies of the 1881 History of Iowa County available for sale at the museum. Cost is about $30 plus shipping.
The museum is open to visitors and operates on a donation basis. Tours for special groups or needs on other days can be arranged by phone.
Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday – Saturday, June through mid-September, or by appointment