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Polk County: Johnston
GPS Coordinates: 41.703400 by -93.712316
Confederate Cannon at Gold Star Museum
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The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. It is a wonderful military museum with items from all wars in which Iowans participated. Included is this 12 pounder Confederate bronze howitzer, cast at Quinby & Roibinson in Memphis located at the entrance. The howitzer is on permanent loan from the Baker Monument in Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines. Note the groove in muzzle area – the story is that an Iowa battery knocked this Confederate cannon out of commission. The Museum has a number of other more modern era artillery pieces, tanks and military vehicles near-by. To reach the museum, take exit 131 on I-35/80 – then north on Merle Hay – turn west on NW 70th Avenue to the Camp Dodge security gate – then follow signs to the museum. Photo taken 11/26/07.