Have you ever seen the Silos and Smokestack signs along the interstate while driving? This sign (see picture) is on northbound I-35 in West Des Moines, approaching I-80 and I-235. I drive by it all the time and always wonder what it means. Are we talking nuclear silos, or corn silos? The name leaves a lot to the imagination and if you have no idea of what it is, then your mind will wander.
After a quick search here’s what I found out:
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 55 federally designated heritage areas in
the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Through the development of
a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA’s mission is to interpret farm life, agribusiness
and rural communities-past and present.
So you will see these signs along different areas of the interstate. It means there is something to explore that can teach you about rural communities, both past and present. So, the next time you are driving along, see if you can find some of these signs. Then visit the Silos and Smokestacks website to see what you can go look for!
There you go. Nothing to do this weekend. Find these!
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