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Iowa City, Iowa: World's Largest Wooden Nickel

16 feet across. The World's Largest Wooden Nickel is mounted between two telephone poles, facing the road, in a farm field. Built in 2006 as a local political protest by Jim Glasgow, who stills maintains it.

3246 Iowa River Corridor Trl., Iowa City, IA
On the east side of Dubuque St. NE/Hwy W66, just north of where it crosses the Iowa River. No parking.
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Wooden Nickel.

World's Largest Wooden Nickel

Right off main road, easy to pull off and walk to. Sugarbottom campground nearby and really nice facilities.

[Patrice, 08/24/2018]

Wooden Nickel.

Largest Wooden Nickel

Claims to be the world's largest wooden nickel. Who really knows?? It's a fun and quick pit stop if you like quirky things. Not very far off I80. We weren't real sure where to park so made quick work of a photo!

[Kerri M, 06/26/2015]

Wooden Nickel.

World's Largest Wooden Nickel

According to KCRG News, the Nickel was built to protest the Johnson County supervisors' decision to raise speed limits on three streets. 16 feet, 3 inches in diameter. Weighs 4,000 pounds.

[CKW, 04/07/2015]
World's Largest Wooden Nickel

There's a big fence in front of the nickel now, with political signs attached. Annoying for photos.

[Micky, 10/15/2014]



World's Largest Wooden Nickel

The wooden nickel is a quick 5 minute stop, but a great photo op.

[Zoe Roberts, 07/09/2014]

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In the region:
Scrap Metal Plow Horse, Cedar Rapids, IA - 20 mi.

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