Wood in Stone  LbNA # 20600 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateFeb 26 2006
LocationStone City, IA
Found By ScoutAngel
Last Found Sep 13 2007
Hike Distance?

Stone City is a small unincorporated village situated along the Wapsipinicon River in east central Iowa. Before the invention and widespread use of Portland cement, Stone City was a thriving community. Its three large limestone quarries supplied the finest building stone in the region.
During the Great Depression, the local artist Grant Wood operated an art colony here during the summer. The students lived in ice wagons converted into living quarters.
Today Stone City is a slow, quiet, picturesque place. It is a place to remember the past and consider the future.
This letterbox has a hand made stamp, but bring your own stamp pad. Please leave your pets in the car as the box is hidden on private property. The property has a historical Stone City home on it, with an art gallery inside, as well as private residence. The owner of Stone Mansion Gallery is gracious and let me hide this box on her property. She welcomes visitors to drive up her lane and browse inside her gallery and she’ll understand if you’re there for the letterbox.

Stone Mansion Gallery
Open March 1- December 24 (normally)
Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm

To Find the Letterbox:

To get to Stone City: From Anamosa, take county road E28. Turn on county road X28 to Stone City. Follow X28 through Stone City until you see a sign that says “Grant Wood Art Festival” “Grant Wood Country.” Do you recognize this house? Park in their little parking lot and go to the information board.

What year did Grant Wood paint American Gothic and win awards for this very famous painting? Write it here ______________ (a)

Leave this place and go back through Stone City on X28, heading north east from the parking area.

You’ll pass a stone quarry on the left. Near the top of the hill, turn right into the lane at address 12828, (this is the house number on the address post.) Pay attention when you enter the lane, you’ll see a split rail fence. Start counting the vertical posts of that fence from the very first post in front of a deciduous tree to your left. Count all the way to the last post, including turning the little corner. How many posts? ____________ (b)

Follow the lane around the house and park next to the old, unattached garage. Go to the twin gargoyles that protect the front of the house. Stand right in between them.

Now, you need to do a little math. The year of American Gothic _______ (a) divided by the number of fence posts ________ (b) equals _______ (c), (round this number down to the whole number.) To find your first direction: c + 100 = compass heading ________ (d). Face this direction and head that way until you come to a circular resting spot.

Now, d – 100 = _________ (c), your next compass heading. Face that way and you will see a hiding place that could’ve flooded the letterbox, on a bad day.