Taylor County

The Lenox Area Chamber of Commerce is proud 07-23-15_5050of the community of Lenox and encouraged by our
continued growth and dedication. The commitment of the business owners and residents has been tremendous and certainly shows with a thriving Main Street as well as expanded businesses in town.
We continually strive to promote the community, businesses and take great pride in Lenox. Together we can do more is only a motto; but truly how Lenox approaches each day.

Lenox Area Chamberof Commerce
200 1/2 South Main Street
Lenox, IA 50851
Phone: (641) 333-4272



LaDoga LaBlanch Orchards

Home of the Little Red Schoolhouse Junction of Hwy 2 and Garden Ave.
Bedford, Iowa 50833, 712-303-7766

Lenox Municipal Swimming Pool

Lenox City Park
Lenox, IA

Lenox Restored Depot

Lenox, IA

Rainbow Iris Farm 3149 Kentucky Avenue Bedford, IA 50833-8039

Phone: 712-523-2807
Email: irisfarm@frontiernet.net

Spring’s General Store & Cafe

Main Street
Sharpsburg , IA

The Heritage

Restored 1904 Victorian Home
300 N. Main St., Lenox
319-360-2163 for information


Lake of Three Fires Cabins

2303 Lake Road, Bedford, IA 50833
712-523-2700 or 1-877-427-2757

PJ’s Inn

306 N. Elm St., Lenox, IA 50851
641-333-2731 pjsinn@lenoxia.com

The Farmer’s Dotter

A Quilt Retreat & B&B
1831 State Hwy. 2, Bedford, IA 50833

The Old Barn

611 King Street, Blockton, IA 50836
712-303-1367 or 641-788-3187

Skylark Motel

108 Pearl Street, Bedford, IA 50833


City Parks

Blockton, Clearfield, Conway, Gravity, Lenox,
New Market, Sharpsburg

LaDoga LaBlanch Orchards

Home of the Little Red Schoolhouse
Junction of Hwy 2 and Garden Ave.
Bedford, Iowa 50833, 712-303-7766

Lakes of 3 Fires State Park

2303 The Lake Road, Bedford, IA.
Park Ranger – 712-523-2700

Sand’s Timber Recreation

Co. Road J55, Blockton, IA.
West of Yellowstone Ave.

Windmill Lake

East of New Market, IA.

Wilson’s Lake

South & East of Lenox, IA.
Managed by Taylor Co. Conservation Board


Area Events in and Around Bedford

In May the Avenue of Flags go up in honor of Memorial Day and it is sure a site to see. In 2017 396 flags were put up, all by volunteers. The Avenue of Flags was started in and is run strictly on donations. A Memorial Day Service is also held on Memorial Day at Fairview Cemetery. A wreath is laid at the grave of the Unknown Soldier, 21 gun salute is given and taps are played as well as guest speakers and names of deceased veterans being read takes place during the service.

The Bedford Area Chamber hosts Bedford Fest and this year will be the third year, on Saturday, June 30. Bedford Fest is always held the Saturday before the 4th of July. A flea market and vendors line Court Street and Main Street, with 30+ vendors last year. These vendors include home-based busi-nesses, crafts, collectibles and antiques and food trucks. This year the Chamber hopes to have 50+ vendors. In the court-yard are carnival games, bounce houses, a dunk tank, face painting, cotton candy, and Sno cones. This is a great event to bring the entire town together and there is something for everyone!

On Saturday, September 8, the 2nd annual Fall for Bedford community dinner will be held in the Round Barn on the beautiful grounds at the Taylor County Museum. This community dinner is a potluck style meal where each person/family signs up for a dish to bring in the categories of lettuce salad, potato dish or desserts. The meat, drinks and rolls are provided. The thought and theme behind the starting of this event is One Table-One Community-One Meal and is designed to bring the community together for food, fun and fellowship.

Besides attending events in Bedford during the warmer months of the year, visitors can take a stroll through beautiful Bibbins Park or cool off at the local swimming pool. Don’t forget to shop our downtown businesses and take a walk through the Ahrens Memorial Garden located at the corner of Main and Central streets.

Bedford – County Seat

Bedford, the county seat of Taylor County, is home to a beautiful court-house located at 405 Jefferson Street. The con-tract for construction was awarded to Allen Chafee in 1892 for $38,000 and was completed in the spring of 1893. It has been described as American Victorian in style. The Taylor County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It houses the offices of the Auditor, Clerk of Court, Recorder, Treasurer, County Attorney, Assessor, and Taylor County Public Health. As well as the Taylor County Board of Supervisors meeting room and a court room. A Seth Thomas Clock sits on top of the courthouse, installed on February 17, 1906. In the courtyard sits the Able Defender statue, a granite monument to the Civil War soldiers that was dedicated on July 4, 1916. The monument was made out of granite brought from Vermont to Bedford on flat-cars and weighs 116,323 pounds and stands 25 feet inches tall.

The former Taylor County Sheriff’s office also sits in the courtyard, built in 1901. It now serves as the Emergency Management office. A gazebo, built by Thomas Holben, as an Eagle Scout project and a Veterans Memorial also fill the beautiful courthouse yard.

Connect with a Taylor County Park

Scattered all around Taylor County are Conservation Board parks and wildlife areas that offer a chance to get out and connect with nature. Our parks and nature areas include Sands Timber and Recreation Area, Windmill Lake, French Preserve, Siam Tract, and Wilson Lake Park. Camping, fishing, hunting, and hiking are some of the many activities made available to our visitors. We have thirty-one campsites with electricity at our three lakes.

In recent years, a number of projects have been undertaken for the betterment of our park and recreational areas. A project to revitalize the fishery and reduce sediment delivery has been completed at Sands Timber Lake and Recreation Area. Started in 2009, this project has resulted in the installation of ten and a half miles of terraces, ten grade stabilization structures, a third of a mile of armored shore-line, two rock-chute wet- lands, and one hundred and sixty acres of ground converted to CRP/pasture. With these important watershed management tools in place, five thou-sand tons of sediment, or three hundred dump truck loads, are annually prevented from entering the lake. The fishery has been renovated and the newly stocked fish are thriving.

Improving fish habitat and fishing access has been at the forefront of the Conservation Board’s long-term plan. In total, seven fishing jetties have been added to the lakes, which has created five hun-dred new yards of prime shoreline access. Concrete boat ramps and eight rock piles for fish habitat have been added to Wilson and Windmill Lakes. Sands Timber Lake is set to have a new parking lot, at the boat ramp, installed in early 2018. Additional improvements are planned for the years to come.
Another project currently in motion is to improve the recreational opportunities at all three of our lakes. Late in the fall of 2017, new playground equipment was installed at Wilson Lake Park, completing phase one of these improvements, and was made possible with a grant from the Taylor County Endowment Foundation. Look for this project to move forward in the near future.

Increasing the quantity and quantity of our nature trails has also been a primary objective of the Conservation Board. In the summer of 2017, over a half mile of new trails were cleared at Sands Timber and Recreation Area. This resulted in the connection of over five miles of trail and allows hikers to walk all the way around the lake.

All of the recent improvements allow for a great experience each time you visit. So, get out and see one of our parks to connect with nature, tangle with a trophy fish, or make new memories with family and friends.

Pony Express Riders of Iowa

The southwest riders join with 13 other rides from all over the state to celebrate. Since its inception he Pony Express Riders of Iowa have donated $10,047,004 to Camp Sunnyside over 49 years! In 1969 riders were accompanied by “ham” operators and CB radios to keep in touch with each other. And law enforcement departments of each county and town traveled through participate to help keep the horses and riders safe as they ride along the route. To this day, the ride relies on local law enforcement cooperation.

One story from one of the early rides, a horseman recalls a State Trooper, who obviously had never pulled a horse trailer, roared past the line of horse trailers with lights flashing and came to a complete stop at the front of the line. Several pickup drivers with trailers used some very creative driving tactics to keep from running into each other and not hurting any
horses riding in the trailer. All ended well, no one was hurt but an embarrassed trooper learned a valuablelesson.

Why We Ride:
Money raised by Pony Express goes specifically to Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside. Camp Sunnyside serves more than 1,000 Iowans with disabilities every summer. Camp Sunnyside is widely known as a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities, but beyond that, to mention just a few of the services, it is…
* A place to try new activities and learn new skills
like horseback riding, boating, and camping (Summer
Camp, Life Club, Day Camp)
* A place that will loan a wheelchair or other durable
medical equipment to a family who cannot afford
to buy one. (Equipment Loan Program)
* A place that will help farmers who have a disability
stay on the farm when they thought there was no
hope. (Rural Solutions Program)
* A place where children with and without disabilities
are able to learn together in an integrated child care
setting (Bob & Billie Ray Child Development Center)
* A place that offers individuals and their caregivers
a week-end respite (Respite Services)

Many of those who started the Bedford ride in 1969 are no longer riding, but their tradition can be seen each Good Friday as they pass through Taylor County toward Camp Sunnyside. “We Ride That Crippled Children Can Walk”. The motto that has stood for 49 years.

An “a-mazing” one of a kind maze

The month of October will find many at the Twisted Stalk Corn Maze. This Taylor County one-of-a kind maze is truly “AMAZING”!

Open each weekend on Saturday and Sundays in October, owner Lincoln Calvin truly has an imagination! Lincoln has a lot of volunteers who keep close watch on each attraction. Lincoln says this project would not be possible without all the great sponsors and volunteers.

2015 opened with a corn maze, a corn pit which is reminiscent of a sand box, only shelled corn is used and a bounce house and hay rides.

Two years later they now have used much more of the 15 acres. Now you will find two zip lines, a petting zoo with calves, goats and sheep. You can swing from the auger of a combine or race around the track on a tricycle either big or small. The animal-go-round of barrel animals will keep your little ones contained and Mom or Dad exhausted.

The five barrel cars make up a train that takes you all around the property. Two large tube slides have been added to the fun because the mountain of dirt from the newly constructed pond needed something to do too!

Milk the cow: play farm golf: or watch the rubber duck races and cheer on those who can hand pump water the fastest.

A gift shop filled with antique goodies gives the tired
Grandma a place to relax while having a cup of hot
chocolate and a snack.

Buy a pumpkin grown in the pumpkin patch in the back of the property and let the kids paint it before taking it home!

Each weekend there is a live band and pony rides are available for those young cowboys and cowgirls.

No one has become lost in the corn maze but eyes are sparkling as they find their way to the end of the maze where you can take your picture and “Let ER Rip”!

The Twisted Stalk has hosted birthday parties and they hold special days for area schools. So far, Lenox, Corning, Villisca and Mount Ayr Schools have visited the maze. According to Jerry Calvin, one beautiful day they hosted a total of 425 visitors.
This amazing maze will continue to change and grow. Adults are as surprised as the kids when they see the attractions. I wonder what Lincoln will dream up for next year?

It is well worth your while; take a trip next October to the Twisted Stalk Corn Maze, 303 W. Dallas, Lenox, Ia.

Village Park Apartments

Vintage Park, 810 East Van Buren Street, Lenox, Ia. 5085, has provided Assisted Living Service in southwest Iowa since 2002. In addition to this core program, Vintage Park offers several special-ty services including: Independent Living Home, Companion Suites, Memory Care, Respite Stays and Vintage Park in-home Services. Vintage Park Apartments is designed to meet the desires of each tenant by considering each individual’s changing needs and preferences.

The assisted living apartments were designed to provide living accommodations for those individuals who find the daily task of life becoming difficult and/or burdensome.

Vintage Park is proud to offer additional services to enhance our “care free” lifestyle.

At Vintage Park, we have created a communi-ty that reflects the warm secure feeling of home and we know you will agree.
Amenities include a community dining room, common area for activ- ities, laundry facility, salon/barbershop, and many more.
They offer a wellness certified daily exercise pro-gram.

The 24 hour a day staffing insures individuals receive independence, choice, dignity, security, privacy, companionship as well as physical and social well-being, that are the primary characteristics of assisted living communities.

“The Gardens” at Vintage Park is a safe, positive, and calming environment which meets the individualized care needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia residents, while maintaining the loving touches of home and family.

At Vintage Park we would love for you to be our guest for Lunch and a Tour! Please feel free to visit us or contact us anytime at 641-333-2233 or www.VintageParkApts.com.

Did you know these things about Lenox?

The Office was a 2015 finalist in Iowa’s Best Pork Tenderloin contest. They have remodeled and expanded their seating and their Onion Rings are awesome!

Don’s Body Shop opened in 1977 with Don Chapman at the wheel. Don is now retired, but his legeacy lives on with owner Clay Mercer. Clay and his crew can repair your car or truck after you have had a collision, but they also fix and paint many other things too. How about that antique tractor, Semi-truck parts or a kitchen appliance you wish to save? Toys or house doors are no prob-lem; just stop in and let them help you with your next project.

The Lenox Stock and Saddle Club was formed in 1945. They contin-ue to improve the Lenox Rodeo each year and have won numerous awards throughout the years and 2017 URA Rodeo of the Year! This year’s rodeo will prove to be exciting as well. Rodeo is a family event for all ages. Come to the Rodeo on July 26th, July 27th and July 28th, 2018 and find out for yourself.

A hand pump in a well was the only water avail-able for the fire of 1884 which leveled 42 business houses all made of wood.

Tyler Pharmacy was one of the business-es destroyed in the fire and rebuilt. The Tyler Family owned the pharma-cy until it sold to NuCara Pharmacy in 2013.

Founded in 1872, Lenox was the second town in Taylor County to be settled with a population of 1044. Which makes you won-der when Taylor County was formed? Answer is January 1851 and the population as of August 1851 was 393. Oh, buy the way Bedford was the first and designated the county seat in 1853.

The Lenox Municipal Pool was opened in 1958 and still operates today.

Karen McKee opened the Dally Post Saloon in 1981. Karen, a cowgirl herself, used the western theme that lasts today. The new owners of the Dally Post (Jessee and Abbie Sheley) have poured a new floor that commem-orates all previous owners. top in and see for your-self.

Ramsey Market is a family-owned neighbor-hood grocery store that features Gluten free – Natural/Organic products. The Ramsey’s continue the family-owned tradition started in 1895 by the Cheese family.

Vintage Park Apartments offers assist-ed living services and have added a memory care unit.

Agri-Tech Services will provide you with Channel Seed. Call Daniel to find out more about custom applications of fer-tilizer and chemicals.

Dalton Ag manufac-tures fertilizer application equipment.

If you have a small engine, antique engine, generator, chain saw or are in need of a new one, check with Bryan at Hamilton Repair. He is never too busy to help with your challenges.

Precision Pulley – PPI – keeps moving parts moving – globally.

Health Care is readily available in Lenox. Check out the Area Health Care Providers ad.

Michael Foods is an egg product company that creates wonderful products for food services throughout the country.

If you are looking to sell your home or farm or need someone to help you find the right property to fit your needs, please contact any of these three advertis-ers in Lenox. Preferred Properties, Nicki Trost of Trost Properties or Maynes Real Estate.

The Clearfield Lions Club was chartered in 1952. Their 4th of July celebration draws crowds from around state.

A lovely gift shop; My Sister’s Place, is now taking old furniture and reating new and wonder-ful repurposed pieces to add to your home décor.

“Any person who shall fly any kites, or shall roll any hoops on any street, alley or avenue devoted to business, or on which there is much travel, or shall participate in any sport or exercise likely to scare horses, injure pas-sengers or embarrass the passage of vehicles in the street, shall be subject to a fine!”

The Lenox Monument Service was started in 1977. C.B. Adams took over in 1992 and now his son Cody and wife Brook own the company.

The Tiger Den is back and open seven days a week with noon specials Monday – Friday and Sundays.

John Deere farm equip-ment can be found at AgriVision Equipment (Formerly Barker’s Implement).

Several businesses in Lenox will help you find insurance to fit all of your needs. The Christensen Agency is one of those businesses.

Come and experience The City of Bright Lights and Shining Hospitality, Lenox, Iowa each year at the restored Depot.