Shelley Railroad Museum
On July 6, 1881, Kate
Shelley, a 15 -year-old farm girl from Moingona. crawled across the
long Des Moines Railroad bridge during a raging nighttime storm, to
warn that an oncoming passenger train must be halted or it would crash
through a ruined trestle. The museum is on the exact site the railroad
depot stood in Moingona in 1881.
Highlights of the Museum:
- -Artifacts and
photographs relating to Kate Shelley's life.
- -Recreated 19th
century railroad passenger station
- -Working telegraph
- -Railroad equipment
- -Follow Kate's route on a trail
that leads to the Des Moines River bridge site
- -Scenic Walking
- Open by
appointment call 515-432-1907
From Boone, take
Highway 30 west to county road to R18 and turn left heading
south on R18 to Moingona Road, and turn left heading East until you
reach Moingona and follow signs.