Viola, Iowa

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Unincorporated community in eastern Linn County that was a source of subjects for Grant Wood's paintings.

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There's not much to see in Viola. It's a very small town with a few dwellings.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2012

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Post office dates: Oct. 7, 1861-Present.

Although a sleepy commmunity now, according to local residents, this was once a "…jumpin' joint…" with two motels and lots of activity.

There is a local legend about a school bus crash on the Matsell Bridge, north of town, and that the bridge is haunted.

About The School: Built in 1922 and closed in 1998. Was supposed to be turned into apartments but plans fell through. Animals and people got in and did substantial damage to the inside. With a donation, the building now belongs to the Stone City Art Foundation. Director Ian Cullis, who’s also the mayor of Robins, said he’s ready to begin work on a revival plan. “I intend to put it on the state historical register and make a plan to reconstruct the thing,” Cullis said. http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/94312744.html

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Update Log 

  • June 9, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • June 5, 2013: New photo from Dave King
  • May 12, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Added to Description
  • April 7, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated description
  • March 24, 2013: New photos from J.R. Manning

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