Motor Mill is honored by Silos & Smokestacks

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the best in agricultural heritage preservation during the Annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, April 3 at the Black’s Building Sky Room in Waterloo, IA. Golden Silo Awards are presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in preserving and telling America’s agricultural story.

The Motor Mill won the following awards:

Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture
Honors an individual, organization, project, business, agency, or local government who has shown extraordinary effort in preserving the icons of American agriculture.

People’s Choice “Site of the Year”
Honors a SSNHA Partner Site who has been voted for by the public to be their favorite “Site of the Year.” Finalists included Wapsipinicon Mill Museum, Independence, and Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy, Hudson.

Vote for Motor Mill to be Travel Iowa’s Cover Photo!

Motor Mill, Iowa Travel Guide Cover UPDATE:  The winner of our Iowa Travel Guide Cover Contest was Jessica Rilling of Cedar Rapids. The photo is of a kayaker on the Turkey River near our Motor Mill Historic Site. Thanks to all who submitted, voted and shared!


Travel Iowa is hosting a Facebook vote for their next cover photo. They received over 600 entries for the cover contest and have narrowed it down to 3 finalists. One is a photo from Okoboji, one is a photo at Maquoketa Caves and one is a photo of a kayaker on the Turkey River just in front of Motor Mill.

So here’s the deal with the voting:

Voting is open and goes through February 1.
Each person can vote once per day. On February 4 the cover with the most votes will be announced on Travel Iowa’s Facebook page and declared the winner. Here is the shareable link that you can post on Facebook and Twitter to encourage your networks to vote: 

The only way to vote is on Facebook and it is moderately annoying to go through the process since you must first “Like” Travel Iowa and then you must accept a Facebook application to allow for polling. (Travel Iowa has assured that the polling application is secure as well as relatively easy to remove the application once the voting is over.) When you have successfully voted there will be a small box that says “you voted” and it will post to your wall. (Sidenote: There is an option when this box pops up to select a custom audience – just like any wall post – so folks can make it private – aka “only me” – if they prefer)

Please pass along this good news and encourage your networks to support the Turkey River photo. It would be pretty cool to get Motor Mill on the cover. WhooHoo! And feel free to forward this.