Clarion, Iowa: Birthplace of the 4-H Emblem

A sign, a plaque on a boulder, and a historical birthplace building -- all for a logo.

4-H Schoolhouse Museum

Address:
Central Ave. W., Clarion, IA
Directions:
4-H Schoolhouse Museum. In Gazebo Park, which is on the northeast corner of the intersection of Hwys 38 and 3, dead center downtown.
Hours:
Museum: T, Th 1-4 pm; Sa 9 am - noon. (Call to verify)
Phone:
515-532-2256
Admission:
Free.
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4-H Emblem sign.

Birthplace of the 4H Emblem

Instead of simply touring birthplaces of successful corporations, fast food chains, or organizations, how about trekking to where their logos were first conceived? True, it'd be a mostly annoying slog up and down NYC's Madison Avenue, but not so for rural favorites such as the 4-H Club. The 4-H four-leaf clover logo was dreamed up by superintendent of schools O.H. Benson in 1907, and became an enduring national emblem. Clarion considers this important enough to rate a sign, a plaque engraved on a boulder, and a historical birthplace building -- the old schoolhouse. [Thanks to Kristin Caruso for the photo]

[Roadsideamerica.com Team., 04/09/2005]

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