Here's just a small sampling of the projects we have partnered on over the years.

1914 Convict-Built Concrete Road, Fredonia, Iowa

 Fredonia Road before the concrete was laid.  Photo by Baker 

Fredonia Road before the concrete was laid.  Photo by Baker 

Tri-Rivers is partnering with the Rural Hometown Pride Committee to historically recognize and interpret this one-of-a-kind, very early type roadway in Louisa County.  This road is perhaps one of the earliest concrete roads built in the nation and likely the first public roadway built with convict labor.

Built in 1914 with convict labor the road was approved and built because of the impassable sand through Fredonia, Iowa, easterly from the Iowa River.  This route was deemed critical to western expansion of Iowa and the West. 

The road is approximately 1.5 miles long and was built with local funds at around $30,000/mile in 1914 at local taxpayers' expense with convict labor.

 

Todd Town Boat Access off Highway 70, Columbus junction

Tri-Rivers is partnering with the City of Columbus Junction, Iowa to purchase some of the old railroad right-of-way along HWY 70 to put in an Iowa River Boat Access and city park.  The access will be conveniently located on the edge of Columbus Junction, making it within walking or bicycling distance for many residents. 

 Participants prepare to put their canoes and kayaks in at the future site of the Todd Town Access during the Swinging Bridge Festival 2016.

Participants prepare to put their canoes and kayaks in at the future site of the Todd Town Access during the Swinging Bridge Festival 2016.

 Paddle on the Odessa Water Trail, 2012

Paddle on the Odessa Water Trail, 2012

Odessa Water TraiL

The Odessa Water Trail provides paddlers with a unique opportunity to enjoy a scenic tour of Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge and the Odessa Wildlife Management Area.  The trail winds through a Mississippi River bottom land habitat with ponds, chutes, timber, marshlands and flowers.  The paddler will have the opportunity to view ducks and gesses, water lily beds, pileated woodpeckers, cardinal flowers, great blue herons, pelicans and so much more!  Explore places called Horseshoe Bend, Sand Run, Beebe Pond and Yankee Chute.  More information on the Odessa Water Trail can be found on the Louisa County Conservation website.

 

Reflections of the Louisa Resource Area

The Reflections projects was designed to capture people "reflecting" on their life experiences that tie them to the local natural resources.  Thirteen long-time residents were interviewed and recorded.  Topics discussed include: geology, duck hunting, caves, horses, the 1993 flood, Big Sand Mound, piloting and native plants.  Contact Tri-Rivers to view a copy of the Reflections project.

 Tri-Rivers President, Al Bohling is interviewed by Kathy Vance

Tri-Rivers President, Al Bohling is interviewed by Kathy Vance

 Photo of the confluence of the Iowa (left) and Cedar (right) Rivers.

Photo of the confluence of the Iowa (left) and Cedar (right) Rivers.

Naturally Louisa County

Naturally Louisa County is a unique combination of individuals, private groups and government agencies coming together to provide a central point for information about Louisa County's natural, cultural and historical resources.