The White Pole Road

Come take a drive!

Upcoming Events for 2014


100th Anniversary Cruise Night- Saturday, July 12th
The White Pole Road (aka The Great White Way Highway) became Iowa's first registered state route on July 30, 1914 under the provisions of the then newly-formed Iowa State Highway Commission. The White Pole Road was a dirt road that once stretched from Davenport to Council Bluffs and insured motorists a straighter, leveler and shorter route across the state with a town every five miles along the way. Today, the recreated 26-mile White Pole Road is a tribute to this original road that once connected the five communities of Adair, Casey, Menlo, Stuart and Dexter. Everyone is invited to follow the over 700 telephone poles painted white and reflect on all those that have cruised before you. 

Refreshments will be served outside the Stuart City Hall from 6-8pm. A representative from the Iowa DOT will be present.


Also... check out our new Reflections Along the White Pole Road book.  It's available for $25 and features a foreword written by Loren Kruse, Editor-in-Chief of Successful Farming; photography by Timothy C. Florer of Rural Iowa Ruins and Against the Current; and short recollections from older residents as interviewed by area students. 

Visit one of these locations to purchase your books.  You'll save money by buying local.

- Rolling Hills Bank & Trust, Exchange State Bank
CASEY- Rolling Hills Bank & Trust
MENLO- Rolling HIlls Bank & Trust, Kalbach Station
- Rolling Hills Bank & Trust, First State Bank, Morrison Chevrolet
- First State Bank

Not from the area?  Then visit or call 1-800-678-5752. 

This book project was made possible by the Empowering Adair County Foundation, the Guthrie County Community Foundation, West Central Cooperative, Adair and Guthrie County Farm Bureaus and the communities of Adair, Casey, Menlo, Stuart, and Dexter, Iowa.