Midwest Roadtrip: The American Gothic Home

Recently, on my drive back to St. Louis from Des Moines, I had thought I’d stop along the way and take some photos of tractors rolling etc. While I saw lots of machines on the run tilling the earth or planting a new crop, there was something that made me enjoy more driving than photographing tractors (believe me that is rare). That was until I saw the sign for Eldon, Iowa, home of the American Gothic house…. you know, the home featured in Grant Wood’s iconic painting American Gothic of an older farming couple, standing in front of their home, with him holding a pitchfork. And in a fortuitous turn of events, I needed to gas up. So I turned off the main road and went on my way to see a home that I had seen time and time again.

tractor tilling a field

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About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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5 Responses to Midwest Roadtrip: The American Gothic Home

  1. Mimi May 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    That’s beautiful! Glad you turned down the road to grab some pictures!

  2. Weekend Cowgirl May 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Nothing better than a great roadtrip! I am ready to take some this summer. My favorite thing! Love the house.

    • Janice Person May 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      I agree! I love being able to wander a bit here and there!


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