RAGBRAI COMES TO VAN BUREN COUNTY
RAGBRAI will be coming through Van Buren County in 2019!
Douds/Leando on July 25th
Stockport on July 26th
Community planning is underway. Check back often for updates. In the meantime visit http://bit.ly/2019PThru for information provided by RAGBRAI®
Van Buren County Community Vendor applications will be available May 1.
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As Riders enter Van Buren County on THURSDAY, their first stop will be in Leando, which is directly across the Des Moines River from Douds. We fondly refer to the two communities as the "Twin Cities." Valley No. 3 Country School is located in the shady Leando Park and will be open for riders to view. The Douds Historic Preservation Group will be serving refreshments at this location as will the United Methodist Church and the Douds Elementary School who will be raising funds for new playground equipment.
Douds is home to Iowa's Largest Underground Limestone Mine. Douds is also the birthplace to Dairy Queen® founder, John Fremont "J.F." "Grandpa" McCullough.
The 1907 Douds Railroad Depot will be open for viewing. It serves as a railroad and mining museum and a tribute to those local industries, past and present.
As riders depart Douds for their journey to Libertyville, there will be one more historic-adventure to take advantage of at the Mt. Moriah Methodist Church. This historic church was built in 1892, it is the only surviving country church in Van Buren County in near original condition that is located on the original site of church/cemetery combination.
Stockport will welcome the riders on FRIDAY morning. Stockport is the youngest Village, incorporated in 1902. The community is very patriotic displaying an impressive "Avenue of Flags" as well as being home to Van Buren County's Freedom Rock. The community is banding together to make the RAGBRAI experience a memorable one!