We’ll See You At The Top
Hawkeye Point in Osceola County
One of Iowa’s Unique Great Places
Located in Extreme Northwest Iowa, Osceola County…
is home to rich, fertile prairie soils builds on a strong agricultural
...
History of Hawkeye Point
• Rising from well manicured fields of corn
and soybeans, Hawkeye Point, the state’s
highest natu...
Unique Sense of Place
Children from California to Maine can see
and touch corn plants for the first time
while visiting Ha...
In February of 2008, the
Hawkeye Point Foundation was
established with representatives
from each community,
government off...
Youth Play a Very Important Role in the Development and Future
of Hawkeye Point.
Landscaping the site
Remodeling existing ...
Improvements to the actual high point
The feed bunk was
removed and flag
pole was erected
Electricity was dug to the highpoint, an information
kiosk was constructed, and pavers were installed.
Directional Signs
indicating the
distance from
Hawkeye Point and
elevation of each of
the 49 other state
highpoints have b...
The Hawkeye Point
“Gothic” sign has been a
popular photo
opportunity for visitors to
Hawkeye Point
Osceola County
Veterans...
The iconic corn crib
on the property was
repaired and painted
in May of 2010.
Working with the
Osceola Co. Historical
Boar...
The dirt alley was
replaced with a
concrete floor
A new 8’ x 8’ barn
quilt was added in
2012 welcoming
visitors to the “Wa...
The farm house on the property was remodeled,
landscaped and was the home of the ISU Extension
Service from 2008 to 2010. ...
The “Walls of Recognition” fundraiser was launched during the summer of 2010. FFA members
constructed the sign, installed ...
Two additional barn-shaped signs were added to
the south side of the corn crib in 2011 highlighting
other points of intere...
Four community picnics have been held at Hawkeye Point since 2008.
Designed for families, youth enjoyed the National Guard...
2012 Fall
Gathering
FFA Members Organized
Pumpkin Painting & Kids
Games
Over 300 People
Served a Pork BBQ
Meal
Community T...
Campground Development
4.6 acres of overgrown land directly
north of Hawkeye Point was purchased
from the Iowa DOT in 2010...
Hawkeye Point Campground moves forward in 2012 with the
volunteer efforts of FFA members, the city of Sibley and County
em...
Osceola County Rural Water brought
water to the site, and the foundation for
the 26’ x 36’ bathroom and storage
facility h...
Although bathroom facilities are
not scheduled to be completed
until the spring of 2013, several
campers made use of the
c...
What Visitors Are Saying About
Hawkeye Point
Bill from Burlington, Iowa
“I drove all the way diagonally across the state j...
Additional Comments from the
Log Book at Hawkeye Point
Wes & Linda from New Mexico
“This is a nice place. Thanks for makin...
For the past 5 years, Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA
members have planted three acres of the site
that has yet to be developed to co...
FFA Members Present our Hawkeye
Point Ideas to Lt. Governor Kim
Reynolds at the Capitol in February
of 2011
Iowa’s Lt. Governor then Visits
Hawkeye Point in June of 2011
Lt. Governor stands
with FFA members
at the highest point
in...
Hawkeye Point’s Ideal Location
Hawkeye Point is located 2.5 miles from the Minnesota border along the newly
constructed Hi...
The Hawkeye Point Project has the Cooperation and
Support of the National Park Service
Plans include the
development of th...
1890’s Farm Site
Located just one mile south of Hawkeye Point is the
Benna Farm. This treasure of our agricultural past
ha...
A Visitor’s / Agricultural Interpretive Center
could serve as an Iowa Welcome Center and
would promote agriculture past, p...
Hawkeye Point and the sites connected with this project will be designed to encourage social
activities and experiences th...
Summary of What Has Already Been
Accomplished With Local Resources
• Over 7180 hours of labor donated by the FFA
• 1200+ h...
Additional Accomplishments At
Hawkeye Point
• $6,400+ donation of crushed
concrete for campground
driveways and camping pa...
We would like to Partner with
the State of Iowa to…
•Help Continue the Development
of Hawkeye Point Building on
the Progre...
The Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter in cooperation with the citizens of Osceola County
envision Iowa’s “One and Only High Poi...
After
Your support to help develop Iowa’s Only “Highest Point”
would be greatly appreciated.
The Osceola County Hawkeye
Point Foundation
For Additional Information Contact:
Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter
% FFA Advisor...
Hawkeye Point Presentation to Governor of Iowa January 2013
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Hawkeye Point Presentation to Governor of Iowa January 2013

  1. 1. We’ll See You At The Top Hawkeye Point in Osceola County One of Iowa’s Unique Great Places
  2. 2. Located in Extreme Northwest Iowa, Osceola County… is home to rich, fertile prairie soils builds on a strong agricultural heritage displays well manicured fields of corn and soybeans as well as people who take pride in their farms, homes and creativity has the smallest land base of any Iowa county, but the highest percentage of tillable crop acres in the state looks to the future with several large wind farms and a thriving ethanol industry Now plans to capitalize on our unique location to promote a spirit of citizenship and volunteerism in our youth and adults with the development of Hawkeye Point
  3. 3. History of Hawkeye Point • Rising from well manicured fields of corn and soybeans, Hawkeye Point, the state’s highest natural elevation at 1670 feet , offers a panoramic view of three different states and the fertile agricultural plains of northwest Iowa. • Although Iowa’s highest point was held in private hands, for decades the family of Merrill and Donna Sterler welcomed visitors to the site and desired that this Iowa landmark remain open to the public. • Following the death of Merrill, the family donated the 1.4 acres that included Hawkeye Point to Osceola County. At the request of local FFA members, the Board of Supervisors purchased the remaining 5.6 acres of the building site for development as an Iowa Welcome and Agricultural Interpretive Center. Prior to 2008, Iowa’s Highest Point was located at the end of the silo feed bunk on the Sterler farm located just off Highway 60. Longtime owner & caretaker of Hawkeye Point, Donna Sterler presents the ceremonial key to the property to members of the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter.
  4. 4. Unique Sense of Place Children from California to Maine can see and touch corn plants for the first time while visiting Hawkeye Point for a unique agricultural experience. Visitors from each of the 50 states & several foreign countries have made Hawkeye Point a destination stop. An information kiosk has been added promoting each community in Osceola County as well as other Iowa attractions. Local artists added a mosaic of Iowa that has been placed on the exact high point. The addition has been popular with visitors for photo opportunities. Signs directing visitors to each state’s high points have been erected on site. They list the miles to and the elevation of the 49 other state high points.
  5. 5. In February of 2008, the Hawkeye Point Foundation was established with representatives from each community, government officials, and youth representatives from the FFA and 4-H • Public Participation & Visioning Work at the sight began in May of 2008 • To date, FFA members volunteered over 7100 hours of labor to remove obsolete buildings, safety hazards , repair & paint the corn crib, begin site work for the campground and prepare the area for visitors • County workers assisted in the removal of old building foundations and safety threats • FFA members landscaped the area, remodeled the existing farm house, and erected a flagpole and informational kiosk
  6. 6. Youth Play a Very Important Role in the Development and Future of Hawkeye Point. Landscaping the site Remodeling existing farm house Installing Pavers Preparing Iowa’s highest point for visitors Leveling the site and planting grass In addition to financial support and serving on the Hawkeye Point Foundation, our youth have taken an active role in the development Iowa’s one and only high point.
  7. 7. Improvements to the actual high point The feed bunk was removed and flag pole was erected
  8. 8. Electricity was dug to the highpoint, an information kiosk was constructed, and pavers were installed.
  9. 9. Directional Signs indicating the distance from Hawkeye Point and elevation of each of the 49 other state highpoints have been erected near the actual high point. A mosaic in the shape of Iowa has been placed on the actual high point . It has become a great photo opportunity for visitors to Hawkeye Point.
  10. 10. The Hawkeye Point “Gothic” sign has been a popular photo opportunity for visitors to Hawkeye Point Osceola County Veterans are represented with the Hawkeye Point Welcome Stone
  11. 11. The iconic corn crib on the property was repaired and painted in May of 2010. Working with the Osceola Co. Historical Board, we have created and continue to improve a walk-through ag history museum in the corn crib. A hand-painted barn quilt was added to the corn crib. It is the 1st of nearly 20 barn quilts made by the FFA and distributed to county residents. Future plans are to develop a barn quilt tour guide to promote agri-tourism in Osceola County.
  12. 12. The dirt alley was replaced with a concrete floor A new 8’ x 8’ barn quilt was added in 2012 welcoming visitors to the “Walk- Through Agricultural Museum Lighting, historical photographs & displays were incorporated to add to the Hawkeye Point Experience Additional Improvements
  13. 13. The farm house on the property was remodeled, landscaped and was the home of the ISU Extension Service from 2008 to 2010. Now the home is rented to a local family who assists with the care and upkeep of Hawkeye Point. Proceeds from the rent of the home, machine shed, and radio tower on the property go toward the debt service on the land.
  14. 14. The “Walls of Recognition” fundraiser was launched during the summer of 2010. FFA members constructed the sign, installed pavers, and continue to add names of those who contribute to the Hawkeye Point Project. Plaque areas are reserved for farmers, local contributors, Iowa residents, businesses, plaques in memory of loved ones, out of state contributors, and highpoint enthusiasts who want to add their names and support to the development of Iowa’s highest point. Visitors to Hawkeye Point view the supporters on the newly constructed “Wall of Recognition.”
  15. 15. Two additional barn-shaped signs were added to the south side of the corn crib in 2011 highlighting other points of interest in Osceola County and the surrounding area.
  16. 16. Four community picnics have been held at Hawkeye Point since 2008. Designed for families, youth enjoyed the National Guard’s rock climbing wall & kiddy rides. In 2009, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey addressed the crowd. In 2010, area families enjoyed an “Old –Fashioned” 4th of July picnic, concert and patriotic speech. The highlight of the event was a tribute to veterans at the Veterans Memorial Stone at Hawkeye Point.
  17. 17. 2012 Fall Gathering FFA Members Organized Pumpkin Painting & Kids Games Over 300 People Served a Pork BBQ Meal Community Tractor Ride, Apple Cider Press , Hay Rides & Much More !!
  18. 18. Campground Development 4.6 acres of overgrown land directly north of Hawkeye Point was purchased from the Iowa DOT in 2010 for development as a campground. FFA members wrote & received a $3500 grant and the Highpointers Foundation of Golden, CO. donated the balance of the funds needed to purchase the land. FFA members & a local contractor assisted with the brush removal & tree trimming to prepare for construction of the campground in 2012.. Currently there are 12 sites are with electrical & water hookups.
  19. 19. Hawkeye Point Campground moves forward in 2012 with the volunteer efforts of FFA members, the city of Sibley and County employees Roads were laid –out with the help of the county workers Camping pads and electrical boxes were added with help from NCC Crushed Concrete was donated by the city of Sibley
  20. 20. Osceola County Rural Water brought water to the site, and the foundation for the 26’ x 36’ bathroom and storage facility has been laid. A septic tank was donated by Coop Energy Company and the drain field is completed. We are ready to finish the bathroom /shower facility in the spring of 2013. NW Iowa Comm. College Power Linemen’s Class donated their time to install 12 electrical boxes.
  21. 21. Although bathroom facilities are not scheduled to be completed until the spring of 2013, several campers made use of the campground in 2012. Campers are already making use of Osceola County’s newest campground at Hawkeye Point.
  22. 22. What Visitors Are Saying About Hawkeye Point Bill from Burlington, Iowa “I drove all the way diagonally across the state just to say I have been to the highest point in Iowa. This may be as close to heaven as you can get.” Henry from New York “This is the 24th high point for me. This is the best of them all.” Michael from Lincoln, Nebraska “Iowa at its best.” Henny from the Netherlands “Absolutely spectacular ! I am so happy we stopped at the wonderful place.” Jackson from Knoxville, Tennessee “This is a fantastic spot. I wish all the high points were this well kept.”
  23. 23. Additional Comments from the Log Book at Hawkeye Point Wes & Linda from New Mexico “This is a nice place. Thanks for making it available to the public” Lexi from Key West, Florida “Beautiful spot. Such a beautiful state. Be proud to be an Iowan.” …….And our Favorite A. J. Scott who does not say where he is from, but comments he is 7 years old “This is the most awesome place I’ve ever seen !!! “
  24. 24. For the past 5 years, Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA members have planted three acres of the site that has yet to be developed to corn & soybeans. Proceeds from the sale of the crops assist with land debt retirement and other expenses. Public Support A lawnmower was purchased with grants and the support of the local John Deere dealer for the upkeep of Hawkeye Point and the proposed campground. In April of 2010, the mower was presented to the Hawkeye Point Committee. FFA members have taken an active role in the promotion of Hawkeye Point speaking to local, state and national officials. FFA members also promoted the project during a visit with Senator Harkin in Washington D.C.
  25. 25. FFA Members Present our Hawkeye Point Ideas to Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the Capitol in February of 2011
  26. 26. Iowa’s Lt. Governor then Visits Hawkeye Point in June of 2011 Lt. Governor stands with FFA members at the highest point in Iowa Adding her name & support to the Walls of Recognition
  27. 27. Hawkeye Point’s Ideal Location Hawkeye Point is located 2.5 miles from the Minnesota border along the newly constructed Highway 60 Expressway, making it an ideal location for an Iowa Welcome and Agricultural Interpretive Center. The Iowa DOT projects more than 4.6 million cars & trucks to travel this major transportation corridor annually. The tree lot to the north of Hawkeye Point has been secured for development as a campground . Photo taken in April of 2008 prior to the completion of the Highway 60 Expressway.
  28. 28. The Hawkeye Point Project has the Cooperation and Support of the National Park Service Plans include the development of the campground north of Hawkeye Point with the purchase of the 4.6 acre tree lot. To promote renewable energy, a wind turbine has been discussed for the site. Although it will not be located in the campground area, plans are to use the turbine as an educational tool as well as a source of sustainable income for the Hawkeye Point Project. Educational displays, exhibits of Iowa crops, prairie flowers and grasses, an observation area and veteran’s memorials will grace Hawkeye Point. Walking paths through these outdoor exhibits will originate from the Visitor’s / Agricultural Interpretive Center making this area a pleasing environment, rich in educational opportunities and engaging experiences.
  29. 29. 1890’s Farm Site Located just one mile south of Hawkeye Point is the Benna Farm. This treasure of our agricultural past has remained frozen in time since the farm was established in the late 1890’s. Negotiations are underway with the family who currently own this site to develop it patterned after the “Living History Farms” model. Visitors would be able to step back in time to experience our agricultural past. The site includes the original barn, farm home, chicken house, hog house and a wealth of pioneer farm equipment scattered over the property. Plans for Expansion of the Hawkeye Point Project A step back in time
  30. 30. A Visitor’s / Agricultural Interpretive Center could serve as an Iowa Welcome Center and would promote agriculture past, present, and future. Proposed in this facility would be a community center and office space. Development of a late 1890’s farm site following the example of “Living History Farms” as a way to showcase our agricultural past. A community grant has been secured to erect an observation tower next to the silo in 2013.
  31. 31. Hawkeye Point and the sites connected with this project will be designed to encourage social activities and experiences that are uniquely Iowan. The Visitor’s/Agricultural Interpretive Center could include: •Restrooms for travelers and a hub for promoting area and Iowa tourism •Space designed for educational displays highlighting agriculture and area history •Over-night camping sites complete with water and electrical accommodations along with bathroom and shower facilities.
  32. 32. Summary of What Has Already Been Accomplished With Local Resources • Over 7180 hours of labor donated by the FFA • 1200+ hours of labor donated by area contractors and businesspersons • Numerous donations of equipment, materials and expertise • Donations of heavy equipment and services from area contractors , Osceola County and the City of Sibley
  33. 33. Additional Accomplishments At Hawkeye Point • $6,400+ donation of crushed concrete for campground driveways and camping pads. Local financial contributions in excess of $400,000 since 2008
  34. 34. We would like to Partner with the State of Iowa to… •Help Continue the Development of Hawkeye Point Building on the Progress already made •Make Our State’s Only High Point into a Place of Pride for All Iowans Hawkeye Point…The Pride of Iowa
  35. 35. The Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter in cooperation with the citizens of Osceola County envision Iowa’s “One and Only High Point” to continue to provide engaging experiences for our youth, adults and visitors to Iowa’s highest elevation. We also see the Hawkeye Point Project as a way to foster volunteerism, citizenship and a sense of community in both young and old. With the idealism of our youth, the creativity of our supporters, and the energy of our community We Welcome Your Partnership ! And are confident that …. We’ll See You At The Top !
  36. 36. After Your support to help develop Iowa’s Only “Highest Point” would be greatly appreciated.
  37. 37. The Osceola County Hawkeye Point Foundation For Additional Information Contact: Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter % FFA Advisor Mike Earll Sibley-Ocheyedan Community High School 120 11th Ave. N.E. Sibley, Iowa 51249 712-754-3601 (ext 234) email: miearll@thegenerals.org
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