We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Take a drive...enjoy the scenery!”
Review of White Pole Road

White Pole Road
Newton, Iowa
Level Contributor
62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Take a drive...enjoy the scenery!”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

A friend of mine had told me about the "White Pole Road" a few months ago, because my husband and I like to do "out of the way" things. Finally, on Wednesday, July 30, we had the time off together to do this scenic/historical road trip! While the map starts in Adair, we actually started in Dexter - doing it backwards is fun, too! There are 20-26 different things to see, depending on which map you use - and then, if you are anything like my husband, you will do a bit of research before you go, and find lots more "off the path" things to see. You will experience small-town Iowa at its best in towns like Dexter, Stuart, Menlo, Casey and Adair. Make sure you allow lots of time and have a camera with you - it's well worth the winding, curvy, stop and go roads that you will travel. Jesse James, Bonnie & Clyde, The Freedom Rock, Rock Island Railroad and much, much more await you! So...fill up your gas tank, pack a picnic lunch, and be prepared to enjoy a great road trip that the interstate can't even compare to.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank TLaehn2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

10 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Newton, Iowa
Level Contributor
90 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Fun Afternoon Drive Through Small Town Iowa”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

A friend of my wife's suggested this drive because of all the corky things we like to do. Had a couple of days off together and decided to take a trip around our home state of Iowa. Not being of the normal, we started our trip backwards in Dexter, Iowa.
Was not a good start to our trip, as the address we had for the Community House (Roundhouse) was either wrong or we were mislead cause the house we found had no markings and looked like a residence more than a Community dwelling. The Road to the Bonnie and Clyde Shootout Site was under reconstruction. Our GPS found us another route but we were cutoff short of our goal because of the road construction. Lastly Drew's Chocolates was closed. We were 0 for 3, so we moved on down the road to Stuart, Iowa.
Our first stop was 0 for 4 as the Depot was being renovated and all boarded up. We did finally find the building that once was a bank and robbed by Bonnie and Clyde and things picked up form there. The Catholic Church, the Friendly Gas Station Man, the Wagon Trail Ruts (Not sure they were made by a wagon train, looked more like a farm tractor as the ruts go through a gate and out to the road) Slayton Rock, Adair Viaduct and the Jesse James Train Robbery Site were all quirky things and reminded me of the Route 66 Drive we took through Illinois a few years ago.
White Pole Road is a nice quiet, off the Interstate drive, perfect for a nothing better to do afternoon. Easy to navigate as there are poles painted white the whole way. Some of the attractions do take you off the road, but it's easy to get back on. Funny how history is literally in our backyard because we were no more than a couple hours from home the whole time and didn't know some of these sites even existed. Glad we took the time, you should too.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank MALaehn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Leighton, Iowa
Level Contributor
40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“White Pole Road”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Fun road that goes through small towns in Iowa. It is neat to see the white poles. There are plenty of gas stations and things to see along the road. Not much to dislike

Visited September 2013
Thank Bogaards
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Stuart, Iowa
Level Contributor
19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Historic White Pole Road”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

The White Pole Road is a preservation of part of the historic first automobile road offering a route across the state of Iowa before the advent of the highway system. It is complete from Dexter on the east to Adair on the west and passes through Stuart, Menlo, and Casey. There are many attractions to see along the way. In addition to maps online, there is an audio book on CD that provides turn-by-turn history along the route.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank VarleyFarm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed White Pole Road also viewed

Been to White Pole Road? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing