Model T cruise: Taking in the sights of NE Iowa

Fourteen members of the Minnesota Valley Model T Club line up on the Motor Mill bridge during a four-day, four-county, seven-car cruise in northeast Iowa. Judy Jellings of Fayette and Walt Groskurth of Mankato, MN lead the procession in Groskurth’s 1917 Model T touring car.

Lee and Barb Oster lead a procession of Model T Fords across the Motor Mill bridge. The Osters’ car is a 1926 Model T coup.

Model T Fords nearly a century old recently shared Northeast Iowa’s back roads with 21st Century farm machinery, hybrid vehicles, and farm trucks.

Fourteen members of the Minnesota Valley Model T club cruised through Clayton, Fayette, Dubuque, and Buchanan Counties in seven Model Ts. The oldest car was a 1914 touring car owned by Tim and Deb Miller of New Prague, MN. The newest cars were “modern” 1926 models.

On their four-day outing, the group visited Dubuque’s National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Breitbach’s Country Dining at Balltown, the Motor Mill Historic Site on the Turkey River near Elkader, the Amish community near Fairbank and Hazleton, and points in between.

By Larry Stone, Freelance Writer

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