Pictorial: The Dickeyville, Iowa Grotto

The Dickeyville Grotto, in Dickeyville, Iowa. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
If you ever find yourself in Dickeyville, Iowa, set aside a few minutes for a roadside attraction: the Dickeyville Grotto. If you’ve never seen a grotto before, it’s an odd, amazing, and even eerie stop. Reportedly built between 1925 and 1931, the grotto is located near the Holy Ghost Church. 
The grotto is comprised largely of junk glass and concrete. Photo by Charish Badzinski.
Photo by Charish Badzinski.
Photo by Charish Badzinski.

Gazing balls offer fun photo ops! Photo by Charish Badzinski.

Photo by Charish Badzinski.

The shrines at the Dickeyville Grotto include a patriotic shrine, featuring Abe Lincoln.
Photo by Charish Badzinski.

Photo by Charish Badzinski.
Even the fences that trim the flowerbeds are embellished with glass and shells.
Photo by Charish Badzinski.

What are your favorite roadside attractions? 

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Charish Badzinski is an explorer, foodie and award-winning travel and food writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, providing strategic communications, media relations and writing support to individuals and organizations. 

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