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Self-Guided Walking Tours
Vinton, Iowa is a river community with a vibrant shopping district and many family-friendly events and activities. This county seat community is home to over 20 chainsaw carvings, larger than life murals on the side of 11 buildings, and over a dozen giant ears of corn! Our historic homes, courthouse, train depot, and Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School are all great additions to the charm of our community.
Information on Our Self-Guided Walking Tours
In July of 2011, Vinton was devastated by a Derecho wind storm. Nearly every property had damage, and the city suffered the loss of many of its beautiful, century old trees.
Brian Parr, a life-long resident and self-taught artist, used his amazing talents to create works of art from tree trunks that would have otherwise been removed after the storm. These works of art can be viewed from the comfort of your own vehicle in a drive-by tour.
Click HERE to download a PDF brochure of the self-guided chainsaw carving tour.
COMMUNITY ART CORN PROJECT
The Community Corn Project was a major initiative undertaken by the Vinton Guild of Fine Arts in 2015 to create themed fiberglass corn statues and place them around the community of Vinton. Brian Parr led the effort, assisted by Rick Poldberg, Therese Foth, and many other VGFA members and artists.
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In the fall of 2000, the Wall dogs, a group of over 70 artists from all over the US brought our history to life by painting eight murals. These murals capture the pride that Iowans have in agriculture and in their communities. Some of the mural titles are: Shop Vinton, First Train to Vinton, Vinton Hybrid, Play Ball! Baseball in Benton.
For more information about our historic homes and buildings, visit the Benton County Historical Society