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Waterloo, Iowa: National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Includes regular wrestling and professional wrestling hall of fame, Greco-Roman hall of champions, 5,000 year history of the sport. A mural in the lobby depicts young Abe Lincoln wrestling New Salem "town toughie" Jack Armstrong in 1832.

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum

303 Jefferson St., Waterloo, IA
Jefferson St. and W 2nd St.
M-F 9-5, Sa by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Strong Wrestling People Wanted in Iowa

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International Wrestling Institute & Museum

Did you know Abe Lincoln was a wrestler and that wrestling used to be done in the nude? Neither did I until I visited the International Wrestling Institute & Museum. Minnesota may have a governor that is an ex-wrestler, but Iowa has a museum dedicated to the true art of wrestling!

[Tiffany Menke, 05/13/2001]

Exactly what are you suggesting about our 16th President? The museum's literature notes "wrestling is one of just three sports mentioned in the Bible"...

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