Lynnville, Iowa: L.J. Maasdam's Wheel Art

L.J. Maasdam built a towering sculpture of rusty wagon wheels, out in the middle of nowhere, when he was 90 years old.
Address:
S. 48th Ave. E., Lynnville, IA
Directions:
I-80 exit 179 (Lynnville). Drive south three miles, turn right (west) onto S. 48th Ave. E. Drive one mile.
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L.J. Maasdam's Wheel Art.

L.J. Maasdam's Wheel Art

A nice side trip. This structure is out in the middle of the corn!

[peaceandchaos, 12/02/2017]

According to the plaque at its base, L.J. built his tower o' wheels in 1994 when he was 90 years old.

L.J. Maasdam's Wheel Art.

L.J. Maasdam's Wheel Art

What an awesome little side stop! There were no people around in a well-kept corn field, where you could get out and walk around this incredible feat from a 90 year old man. We loved it!

[Chandra Riccio, 07/20/2016]

Wheel Art.

L.J. Maasdam's Wheel Art

Perfect stop. Easily seen from the road. This is a pretty tall metal "sculpture." Large area and big enough to pull off the road.

[Russ & Annette, 07/04/2016]
L.J. Maasdam's Wheel Art

I used to live near the Maasdam farm. They grow sorghum and make syrup. The granddaughter of L. J. Maasdam told me that he had been collecting the wheels for years. When he decided to build the sculpture he would weld on it during the day. His kids stayed up at night and re-welded it, because he wasn't a very good welder. They never told him that they were re-doing his work.

[R. Schultz, 02/23/2012]

Wheel Art.

L.J. Maasdam's Wheel Art

L.J. Maasdam's Wheel sculpture was a nice place to stop. Don't forget to bring a lunch. The picnic table's there, held up by what else -- wheels. The plaque at the base reads simply "Constructed by L.J. Maasdam Age 90 Years Old 1994"

[Steve, 10/25/2010]

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