Exira, Iowa: Plow in the Oak

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Plow-in-Oak Park

US Hwy 71, Exira, IA
I-80 exit 60, then north on US Hwy 71 for six miles to Plow-in-Oak Park, which is on the west side.
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Plow in Oak.

Plow in the Oak
A tree with an appetite is slowly consuming a plow that was foolishly left leaning against it. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Plow in the Oak.

Plow in the Tree

Here's a picture, just in case anyone actually considered driving out to see the "Plow in the Tree." While it has a nice, heartwarming story, actually seeing the plow is a bit of a disappointment. If you must look at something in a tree, I suggest driving east 6 hours to Janesville, WI -- they have a full sized pick-up perching high in the branches. Sort of a Redneck Tree Fort, I guess.

[Joe Tamony, 02/18/2006]

Just outside the town of Exira, on Hwy. 71 is the plow in the tree. It is the old single blade plow that would have been pulled by a horse or ox. It sticks out of the middle of a giant oak tree in a small roadside park. The story goes that the plow was leaned against a small sapling when the young farmer went off to fight for the Union in the Civil War. Killed in the war, he never returned and the sapling grew into the mighty oak that still surrounds the metal parts of the plow.

[Iowa8212, 02/07/1999]

The Tree Swallowing a Plow is at Oak Park, south of town. Its evil appetite is shared with NY's Scythe Tree, WA's Bicycle-eating Tree, and, of course, the Tree That Ate Roger Williams.

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