Monday, March 8, 2010

My Hometown on Monday - A Poem - Week 10

Coon Rapids, Iowa

On the main line of the Milwaukee Railroad
Midway between Des Moines and Sioux City
Its skirts, lapped by the placid waters of the Middle Raccoon River,
Lies the the beautiful little city of Coon Rapids, Iowa.

Nestled in the hills, it is beautifully situated
And native trees abound
While round about on all sides fertile farmlands stretch on and on
Until they fade into the skies.

It is a model, as small cities go!
Paved walks lead to all parts of the place
And modern residences loom up at every turn.
The city hall, the Masonic Temple and Oddfellows Hall
Vie with one another for architectural supremacy.

Five churches greet the eyes of those religiously inclined
And through the blood of our citizens
There runs a feeling of comradery that is wholesouled and complete.

Written by Ralph C. Bowman for a Chautauqua advertisement in 1916; from the Coon Rapids Centennial Book 1863-1963.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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