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World Famous Eats and Art in Tipton
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World Famous Eats and Art in Tipton

Friends of ours from the Quad Cities area had told us, “If you go to Cedar County, you have to stop at Tiffiny’s Tipton Bakery for their crescent doughnuts.” They make a point of stopping there every time they pass through town.

So the first thing we did in Tipton was find the bakery on the main drag through town. What a treat!

The bakery dates back to 1928. Several years ago, Tiffiny Meinert took over and carries on the tradition of the “Tipton Bakery Crescent.” It’s a light, fluffy crescent-shaped doughnut featuring a whipped icing filling and topped with powdered sugar.

We’re talking lots of I-don’t-care-if-I-get-it-all-over-my-shirt powdered sugar. Talk about starting our day on a sugar high!

Tiffany told us the crescents are made from an old Norwegian recipe. They have an international flavor for another reason—there’s a map on the wall with pins representing people from all over the world who’ve dropped in for a crescent, or have ordered them. Tiffany says she’s shipped them as far as Australia, Afghanistan and South Korea.

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The Carnegie Library in Tipton boasts an impressive collection of original Grant Wood artwork— 21 lithographs and two oil paintings, to be exact.

Wood is normally associated with paintings like American Gothic, Young Corn and Arbor Day, and we were surprised to learn that he did a number of black-and-white lithographs toward the end of his career.

Among the collection in the library is a lithograph entitled Family Doctor, Wood’s last artistic work. He used his own doctor as a model—the same doctor who referred him to the University of Iowa hospital when he became ill in November 1941.

There, doctors found inoperable pancreatic cancer. Wood signed copies of this lithograph in his hospital room, where he died a couple months later at the age of 50.

So we learned a lot about Iowa’s most famous artist, who was born not far from Tipton, up the road in Jones County.

This content previously appeared in the popular “Road Trip” series in Our Iowa Magazine. Learn more about the publication at

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