Tourism & Attractions

Stone Arch  Agriculture Symbol  Coke Sign  Depot 

Carstens Farmstead  Purple Martins  Willow Creek Chapel  


Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

Rock Island Stone Arch

Stone Arch

- an 1883 report by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad listed only four 30' arch culvert bridges -- the Shelby bridge was one of them and has been named the first railroad structure built in Shelby County. Most railroad bridges in Iowa were wood or timber, but limestone for the trestle was believed to have come from a quarry in Earlham, Iowa, not far from the railroads main line in that area.

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Stone Arch Viaduct is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Click here for details regarding the development of the Stone Arch Trail.
Stone Arch Nature Trail


Ag Symbol

Agriculture Symbol

- this 76' steel sculpture along Shelby's Interstate 80 exit, symbolizes the importance of agriculture, and of the men and women who work the rich land to produce food for the world, and of the pioneers who tamed the corn stalk. The sculpture highlights the major commodities produced by area farmers -- corn, beef and pork. Sculptor Cliff Carlson of Wesley, Iowa was commissioned to design the nearly $14,000 sculpture.

Shelby's Agricultural Symbol is listed as The World's Largest Corn Stalk at Worlds Largest Things.

The Agriculture Symbol is also listed at  World's Largest a Documentary About Small Towns with Big Things.
World's Largest Documentary


Antique Coke Sign

Antique Coke Sign restored in 1986 from original 1932 vintage.

Antique Coke sign


Shelby Rock Island 1915-1920

Rock Island Depot

Shelby Rock Island Depot

Shelby Rock Island Depot

The Shelby Rock Island Depot is being refurbished to it original state. The Depot will be used as a Visitors Center and Museum when completed. The Center will be filled with railroad artifacts and memorabilia for the public to enjoy.

With the Caboose close by the Depot Committee is currently raising funds for a brick walk between the Depot and the Caboose, with a donation of $50 or more, you can have a brick engraved with your family or business name or a memorial.


Click here for a printable form and mail to:
City Hall
419 East St
Shelby, Ia 51570




Carstens Farmstead

Carstens 1880 Farmstead

Carstens 1880 Farmstead

Travel back in time to an 80-acre working farm exhibit, featuring the machinery, tools and primitives of an authentic late 1880s farmstead.

The farmstead grounds include the original Carstens family home complete with all the furnishings.

Come see steam engine threshing, antique machinery, parades, crafts, food and entertainment during Carstens Farm Days, our annual farm show. The two-day event is held annually the first
weekend after Labor Day. Visit our webs ite, www. the farmstead. org, for more information or to see scenes from recent Farm Days celebrations.

The Carstens 1880 Farmstead is owned and operated by Carstens 1880 Farmstead, Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Iowa's farm history. The farmstead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For More information:
Carstens 1880 Farmstead
32409 380th St.
P.O. Box 302 Shelby, IA 51570

A short, 30 minute drive from Council Bluffs, Iowa.


Purple Martins

Shelby is the Purple Martin Capital of Iowa
Please Visit the Purple Martin page for information and pictures.



Willow Creek Chapel

Willow Creek Glass Chapel
Rural Shelby Iowa

Iowa's only glass chapel
Wedding, baptisms, renewals, funerals Unique natural setting

Shown by appointment only
(712) 483-2435


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