Traer, Iowa: World's Second Largest Collection of Salt and Pepper ShakersRuth Rasmussen began collecting salt and pepper shakers in 1946. Now her collection is displayed in her home town: over 16,000 shakers and still growing.
- 411 Second St., Traer, IA
- The Traer Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery is on Second St., two blocks west of Main St./US Hwy 63.
- March - Nov. T-Sa 1-5 pm. (Call to verify)
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I stopped by this collection a short while back. For $3 you will see something you'll never forget...a TON of salt and pepper shakers. It's a fun and unique stop. The gal giving the tour really took pride in the collection, too, which was great to see.[Traveler, 06/16/2012]
The farm town of Traer, known until now only for its odd outdoor "winding staircase" in the middle of a downtown sidewalk, has unveiled what it claims is the second largest salt and pepper shaker collection in the world. Most of the over 16,000 go-withs, hangers, huggers, kissers, longboys, minis, nesters, and tallboys were donated by Traer resident Ruth Rasmussen, who began accumulating them in 1946. It was at one time the world's largest collection, but was eclipsed by one in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The salt and pepper shakers are displayed only a block west of the winding staircase.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/02/2011]