Dows Rest Area

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  • Joseph D.
    "Outstanding Civil War exhibits."(3 Tips)
    Benita W.
    "Clean bathrooms, and they have free Iowa road maps."(2 Tips)
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  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun fact: Dows is named after Civil War General Joseph Dows III, who single-handedly fought off Galactus the Devourer in 1864 with only a bowie knife and rifle.
  • Janette P.
    Janette PollinoOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice rest area. I've been stuck here in blizzards and stop here on sunny days.... It's always clean!!
  • Dedwarmo D.
    Dedwarmo DaveJune 7, 2015
    There are about 80 parking spaces for trucks and about 76 were available when I was here. Wide open.
  • Chad T.
    Chad ThompsonJune 23, 2011
    This rest area is Civil War themed - Franklin County, IA had the largest % of young men joining the Union Army in the state.
  • Benita W.
    Benita WarnsApril 22, 2013
    Clean bathrooms, and they have free Iowa road maps.
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterJune 1, 2012
    This is probably the nicest rest area you will ever see.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for the guy with a fishing pole that has the smarties at the end of the line.
  • William D.
    William DoerflerFebruary 24, 2013
    No smoking here. Don't stop if that is all you need.
  • Joseph D.
    Joseph DankoMay 6, 2013
    Outstanding Civil War exhibits.
  • Craig S.
    Craig SwansonJuly 14, 2013
    One of the best rest areas in the stat!
  • Michele W.
    Michele WestonMay 25, 2013
    Great spot for the dogs too!!
  • The Product Poet
    The Product PoetSeptember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Plenty of bathrooms to go to the bathroom.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmokovitzMarch 20, 2013
    Wifi is too weak to use from your car.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BrockmanDecember 30, 2012
    I had to pee so bad. Thank god.
  • Brian
    BrianSeptember 2, 2013
    Pee inside, it's legal here.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SwanNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Dows backwards is Swod
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