Menlo, Iowa: Freedom Rock

Continually repainted by Ray "Bubba" Sorenson II, the 12-ft. tall boulder is covered with patriotic images: Washington crossing the Delaware, MIA logo, plane launching from an aircraft carrier, 9/11 rubble. In 2013 Bubba announced he would paint Freedom Rocks in each of Iowa's 99 counties.

120th St., Menlo, IA
I-80 exit 86. Drive south on Hwy 25 for 1.5 miles. On the left, at the corner of 120th St.
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Freedom Rock, 2019.

Freedom Rock

The 2019 design is dominated by a tribute to the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The artist is now painting a rock in each Iowa county. The one for Madison County is next to the John Wayne Museum in Winterset IA, and includes pictures of Wayne in various military roles.

[Michael & Carol-Ann, 07/02/2019]

Freedom Rock, 2018.

Freedom Rock

Looks like the rock was repainted since the last pictures on RSA. Very nice job. Thank you to all that have served and are serving!

[Penny, 03/24/2018]
Freedom Rock

If you visit over Memorial Day weekend or the few weeks prior you can see the artist in action.

[Missy, 05/23/2015]


Freedom Rock

Stopped by Freedom Rock after reading about it via Roadside America and was fortunate enough to catch the artist (and his dog) hard at work updating the paintings. Nice guy, who was personally thanked by this vet for his dedication.

[Rick Ornberg, 06/14/2012]

Freedom Rock 2012.

Freedom Rock

Rock that is painted every year to support our vets. Each year it's changed and has ashes of vets mixed into the paint. 33 miles west of Des Moines 1 mile south of 80 on Hwy 25.

[Randy & Penny, 04/24/2012]

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