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The Freedom Rock

1199 Iowa 25, Menlo, Iowa 50164 USA

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“a large boulder sitting in rural southwest Iowa”

Local artist paints a new patriotic theme on this large rock each year as a tribute to the armed forces serving our country. Visit Ray "Bubba" Sorensen's studio in Greenfield.

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Reviewed by
julesjgarcia

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August 06, 2014

Amazing! Beautiful painting, very touching. It is a MUST SEE!

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Megan Bannister

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August 05, 2014
Rated 4.0

Each year in early May, artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II repaints this nearly 60-ton boulder as a way to honor our troops.

1 person found this review helpful

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Lori

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June 29, 2014

This was a great stop that was surprisingly moving. A local photographer told us that this year the ashes of the fallen soldiers depicted on the rock were mixed with the paint. Excellent artistry and moving tribute.

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Reviewed by
daniyelbaer

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July 07, 2018
Rated 4.0

Glad we stopped even though the detour was all dirt roads. We had lunch there at the picnic table. They had a port a jon as well.

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jenmcveay

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June 27, 2018
Rated 5.0

Great place to pay your respects to our military!

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oliverboltovski

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November 16, 2017

It's a painted rock. Serves as a pretty landmark and respect to U.S troops. Supposedly he goes around every Iowa county and paints a rock so there's more of these out there.

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ashleyadamsslates

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July 23, 2017

Beautiful Artwork, worth seeing on your way through
Iowa

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Reviewed by
sydneyhelmers

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March 08, 2017
Rated 5.0

My grandparents live in Greenfield so every time we go down there we always stop to see the rock. It is an amazing thing to see!

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weschultz

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July 07, 2016
Rated 4.0

Not only was the rock impressive but there are photos of the previous year's designs. The artist did a wonderful job.

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brandangelak

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July 10, 2015
Rated 5.0

Stopped by the Freedom Rock this afternoon. This is a beautiful memorial and obviously a labor of love. We were surprised by the number of entries in the log book for today already, and several other cars arrived while we were there. Definitely worth stopping to see!

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The Freedom Rock

1199 Iowa 25
Menlo, Iowa
50164 USA

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