Sawmill Museum: Clinton's Lumber Sites

Discover Clinton's Lumber Sites

Sawmill Museum: Clinton's Lumber Sites

Clinton, Iowa 52732, United States

Created By: Matt Parbs

Tour Information

This driving or biking tour will take you by the leading lumber sites. Pictures will show you what it looked like during the lumber era. Many of the sites are drastically changed or no longer there. However, you can still get a sense of how Clinton developed and what it was like at the heyday of the lumber industry.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The tour starts at The Sawmill Museum. Here you can expeirence the lumber saga and learn more about the history behind this tour. Originally the Lincoln Highway came over the old North bridge. The bridge, with a loop, would exit onto Main ... Read more
The office building of the Disbrow company is now McKinley Street Taverne. Disbrow made interior products for homes. The most famous Disbrow was Grace Disbrow who was a teacher. 
The house was a kit house from Palliser's, a Connecticut based architect. 
This general space was home to the G,B, & W mills as well as Lyons Lumber Company. In reality it goes for blocks north, but 83 31st Avenue North is a a site listed in the register of potential historic sites for Clinton. 
Eagle Point Park used to be Joyce's Park. In the 19th century, it was a site of many public events, but once the Joyces sold out of their streetcar business, the new street car operators transformed the park. Prior to the lock & dam, th... Read more
Built in 1886, this house was only lived in for a decade when William Joyce moved to Chicago. However, up until the 1970s, Joyces would come back to the home to stay. Originally built Victorian/Eastlake design, the Joyce family updated the ... Read more
The hair salon was the lumberyard office. Behind Bargain Bonanza and the hair salon was the Joyce sawmill and lumberyards. Hence the name Joyce's slough and Joyce's Island. 
Where Jewel sits today was the Brewing Company. Somewhere in this vicinity was the Big Tree that separated the town of Lyons & Clinton. More importantly than the exact location, the Big Tree was very real. Even in the 1870s, you see peo... Read more
When the Clinton Lumber Company closed, the fourteen acres (or so I've read) was donated to the Parks Department, and thus, all of this area was an industrial zone. It's quite amazing the transformation of this little jewel on the Mississip... Read more
No need to travel too much so you don't get ran over! Still an industrial hub, from south of the rail bridge all the way to ADM were the Young, Lamb, and Curtis factories. Curtis was not a sawmill but rather a woodworking company like Disbr... Read more
Now the Library, Discovery Center, and the YWCA, this complex housed the leading lumber families (Young & Lambs). In fact the YWCA home is Lafayette Lambs house. Where the Discover Center is was where the Young home was.      ...
The legacy of the lumber barons is felt through Clinton National Bank, Eagle Point Park, various nonprofits, and even retail like the Lamb block. 
Check their sign for tour times and dates. It's one thing to see it from the outside, it's another to see it inside. 
Spend time weaving in and out to see these wonderful homes. Built for Curtis employees, the houses represented the various Curtis home lines. 
Named after Chancy Lamb's wife, the Jane Lamb hospital complex. 
Two brothers built their mansions next to each other. One was destroyed by arson. 
Today Sarah Harding Home, this was the site of the Iten display. The Iten biscuit was a large manufacturer in Clinton, and Joyce lumber helped them expand. 
Clinton has a great college and education history. While not directly connected to the lumber industry, we wanted to point this out. 
This house was moved in 1902. Sadly, it burned down years later. But more or less the church and the area behind the church is the area that Dwight Lamb lived and there are other privately owned homes that are historically significant back ... Read more
Welcome back to "where" it all began. In the mid 1830s,  Buell crossed the river and established a ferry business to get from what is now Fulton to Lyons. He built his first house a little north and west of this rock, but when you look at... Read more


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