Jefferson Highway 2023 Sociability Caravan in Iowa


This episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Jefferson Highway” Show focuses on the Iowa Sociability Caravan that will take place a few days before the Jefferson Highway Association Conference held June 7-10, 2023 in Mason City, Iowa.

This special driving event will be similar to historic caravans of old. It begins in Lamoni, Iowa on the morning of Monday, June 5th and will have subsequent overnight stays in Des Moines and Iowa Falls before arrival in Mason City on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 7th. The tour will include visiting JH sites and communities in Iowa and will be designed to bring further awareness to the JH byway and its future as a Heritage Tourism portal. Full details:

Featured Guests:

– Roger Bell, President of the Jefferson Highway Association

– Diana Thies – Executive Director of Iowa Falls Chamber Main Street:

Jim Hamman – Iowa Falls Historian

– Ashleigh Eckels – Executive Director of Osceola Chamber Main Street:

– Evon Sallee – The Hotel Osceola (formerly Arlington-Howe Hotel that was built in 1884):


Created by the Jefferson Highway Association, which was originally founded in 1915, the Jefferson Highway is an international highway, also known as “The Pines to the Palms Highway,” that runs from Winnipeg, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana.  Learn more at:

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Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau who represent Louisiana’s Oldest City, which is also on the Jefferson Highway. See:


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