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Manilla to house Crawford County Freedom Rock
Manilla is proud to be selected as the host for the
Crawford county Freedom Rock. With the help of the Manilla Times we
are able to provide you with the articles which ran in the newspaper
in support of the Freedom Rock project. To keep up to date on the
progress pick up the a copy of the Manilla Times and
follow them on
As part of the fund raising Pavers are available
for purchase at a cost of $100 each. The bricks will be added in the
walkways. Inscription may be up to 5 lines with a maximum of 15
Characters per line.
Dedications may be to Veterans, but are
not limited to such. They can be to families, Family members, school
classes, friends, business, years established, etc.
can be downloaded below and are available at the City Hall, The
Manilla Times, Manilla Bowl, the Juice Bar and Grill, Chamber and
Development office, Denison; and the Veteran’s Affairs office,
Manilla Times on Facebook
Paver Order Form (fillable form)
Manilla to house Crawford County Freedom
(May 15, 2014)
for the Crawford County Freedom Rock has been underway for the past
several weeks. The landscaping for the project was done by Denison
Hardscapes. Nine flags with lights are yet to be erected along with
shrubs and other items to be determined. The rock will arrive soon,
weather permitting. Pavers are available for pur-chase at a cost of
$100 each. The bricks will be added in the walkways. Forms are
available at the City Hall, The Manilla Times, Manilla Bowl, the
Juice Bar and Grill, Chamber and Development office, Denison; and
the Veteran’s Affairs office, Denison.
house Crawford County Freedom Rock
By Jordan Kenkel, Manilla
Times Staff Reporter
(June 20, 2013)
the hottest tourist attractions in Iowa is Greenfield’s patriotic
Freedom Rock painted by Ray “Bubba” Sorensen. Due to its popularity,
Sorensen has decided to paint rocks across Iowa’s 99 counties as
part of his “Freedom Rock Tour.”
With all of the hype
surrounding the Freedom Rock, Manilla mayor Leonard Kaufmann, as
well as three other local residents, Pat Palmer, Denise Christensen,
and Christy Justice, made plans to ensure that Manilla would serve
as the Freedom Rock’s “humble abode” and, on Monday, June 17, 2013,
Manilla was approved.
At a special meeting on Monday, June
10, Manilla City Council members agreed that the city would pay the
$1,000 down payment needed to book the rock.
approval, Kaufmann completed and sent Manilla’s application
immediately because it seems that in most cases, whichever city is
the first to get their application in is chosen.
the $1,000 down payment, an additional $4,000 will be due upon the
mural’s completion in the spring of 2016, and there would also be a
fee to have a rock delivered. Kaufmann asked that if anyone knows of
an appropriate sized rock that could be used, they should contact
In addition, Christensen also said that they are
looking for individuals with the necessary equipment to assist in
loading and unloading the rock once one is found. In order to raise
money, Palmer plans to hold a fundraiser where citizens could donate
towards the costs needed to house the rock in Manilla.
Freedom Rocks in Manning and Earling, one in Manilla will draw
people to this area,” said Kaufmann.
Christensen stated, “I
am hoping the Freedom Rock will bring people into our town. It will
be a huge benefit to the city and will keep the town going.”
“I think the Freedom Rock will be a great patriotic attraction
for the town of Manilla and I know how supportive our town is when
it comes to honoring our veterans,” remarked Palmer. Kaufmann
suggested to the City Council that the rock be placed in the grass
lot on the east side of The Times office.
According to the
website www.thefreedomrock.com/tour/, a Freedom Rock will generate
media exposure and serve as both a tourist attraction and a source
of income for the community.
Each mural painted will
ultimately create a “buzz” among local media, and press releases
will be administered to each news agency. As the “tour” continues,
there could even be a possibility of national news coverage.
As the original Freedom Rock tends to generate thousands of
visitors annually, it is likely that tourists will make trips to
view the various rocks across Iowa throughout the year. All in all,
a Freedom Rock in Manilla should boost the local economy as people
are drawn in.
For an additional purchase, the city could buy
a license to make prints of the copyrighted works, along with both
the sketch and finished mural and photos of Ray working on the
With Freedom Rocks in Adair, Ringgold, Dallas, Polk,
Pocahontas, and Mitchell counties, Manilla will be “placed on the
map” as the home of Crawford County’s unique and patriotic
Manilla Iowa, is located in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Crawford County, minutes from the county seat.
The strength of Manilla is the people who live and work here, and the pride we take in our community and our heritage.