Links of Interest


History, Geography, and Geology

State Historical Society of Iowa A wealth of information about Iowa's history.

O'Brien County Genealogy Maps, military, photography, etc. Much more to the site than family histories.

National Register of Historic Places O'Brien County lists four places. Easy link to all Iowa counties.

Iowa Old Press - old newspaper contents. "A look back at the lives and times of our ancestors" ~1875-1933

Watchable Wildlife in NW Iowa. Including Waterman Prairie and the Prairie Heritage Center


Festivals and Fairs

O'Brien County Fair The dates participants must meet and handbook of rules are available here.

O'Brien County Fair Iowa - Schedule, results, sponsors - get the latest info here!


Schools, Cities, and Townships

Public schools: Sheldon Community Schools (SHS), Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (HMS), and South O'Brien  Schools (SOS).

Private Schools: Sanborn Christian School, Zion-St. John Lutheran School, Paullina and St. Patrick's Catholic School, Sheldon

Northwest Iowa Community College

The Communities: Sheldon, Sanborn, Hartley, Archer, Primghar, Paullina, Calumet and Sutherland


Frivolity, Fun, and Food

RAGBRAI Pictures from 2005 RAGBRAI. Fun to ride; fun to support.

Solsma's Punkin Patch & Fireworks Working farm-hours on webpage; pumpkin harvest and corn maze in the fall! Fireworks sales have summer and winter seasons!

Figure 8 Races in Primghar. Eight races during the summer. Drivers from O'Brien and adjacent counties (and further) participate.

Prairie Arts Historical Park is located at 1423 Park Street in Sheldon. The park is home to a historical 1870 pioneer home, a Sears and Roebuck home (now housing Wansink Gallery) and four country schools.

Industry and Farming

Valero Renewables-Hartley (Business Info/Contacts) Corn Based Ethanol Plant near Hartley

Farm Subsidies to O'Brien County A fine program. First in the 2006 list received $89k; in 12 years the same outfit received $840k.

State or Region

Visit Western Iowa Western Iowa Tourism Region Homepage

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