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Sherman Swift Tower: A Piece of Iowa History
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Sherman Swift Tower: A Piece of Iowa History

Are you a bird watcher? With springs arrival, birds will soon be flocking their way home here in Northeast Iowa, and Sherman Swift Tower will be reopening for the summer season on May 25 and 26 from 1-4 pm.

What do you know about Althea Sherman or Sherman Swift Tower? Make plans to take a little road trip through the rolling hills and rocky limestone bluffs of scenic Clayton County to see part of Iowa history.

Come to learn more about a piece of Iowa history. Althea Sherman was an illustrator, educator, author, and nationally known ornithologist who had a great love for birds. With her knowledge, she drew a precise drawing of many bird species. One of these amazing works of art, led to the Gold Finch becoming Iowa’s state bird.

Her favorite bird species was the Swift species. With this fascinating interest, this specific flock led to the building of the Sherman Swift Tower. The white 28-foot square tall tower was specially designed with a fake chimney in the middle to attract the elusive birds. At the top of the observation deck, you can look through the movable wooden panels to take a peek and observe the Swift birds. 

After seeing the tower and witnessing the birds, it's clear just how carefully Althea Sherman planned every detail to learn more about the birds and was able to gather over 400 pages of documentation and illustration. These are a significant part of the educating and learning process. All thanks to Althea Sherman dedication for her love of birds.

Flock your way to Sherman Swift Tower this season!

Image credit: Sherman Swift Tower

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