Historical Attractions

Creston’s Restored Depot

The restored depot signifies Creston’s railroad heritage. The depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside and out you can see the buildings rich heritage and enjoy the more than 40 trains that pass by daily. Tours are available. The Depot is located at
116 West Adams St. in Creston.

For more information, call Creston/Union County Tourism at 641-782-7022 or Email Us

Frank Phillips Visitor Center

This renovated Phillips 66 Gasoline Station was built in 1931 and was one of the first operating Phillips stations in Iowa. Period gasoline pumps, the Phillips 66 trademark shield and Phillips’ traditional colors of green and orange have been used to retain the historic value of the building.

Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Corporation began his business career in Creston as a barber. He married the banker’s daughter and became a billionaire in a few years. The information center is dedicated to Frank Phillips, an Iowa farm boy and entrepreneur whose dreams and hard work led him many miles from his beloved Creston home, but whose heart never left Union County.

The Visitor Center is located on Highway 34 West. It is open to the public from May through mid October.

For more information, call Creston/Union County Tourism at 641-782-7022 or Email Us

Mt. Pisgah National Monument

Mt. Pisgah was home to thousands of Mormons during their trek from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah, and was the first white settlement in Union County. Between 1846 and 1852 more than 2000 people made their homes here while thousands of others simply passed through on their way west.  Even those headed west to the gold fields in California stopped at Mt. Pisgah for supplies.
Today you can tour a cabin that was built as a reproduction of the type built as shelter by those early Mormons.  You can trace wagon tracks across the prairie grass.  A monument has been erected at this site in memory of the three hundred people who did not survive that first winter. An interpretive panel is located at Mt. Pisgah.  Picnic facilities and rest area are available.
Tours can also be scheduled by calling 641-763-2504 or email bbrown1704@yahoo.com

To get to Mt. Pisgah from Creston, follow Highway 34 east, turn north (left) at the U.S. Highway 169 intersection, then go approximately two miles. Turn west (left) at the Beulah Cemetery, 167th St.. and follow the signs.

Union County Historical Village

This village in the south end of McKinley Park depicts a rural community in the 1800s. Walk through 15 buildings, including a schoolhouse, home, general store, printing shop, log cabin, church, blacksmith shop, depot and a museum. The historical village is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting with Memorial Day and going through Labor Day weekend, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. p.m. Call 641-782-4352 or 641-782-4000 for more information.
To reach the Village take Highway 34 to the west edge of Creston, turn northwest at the Frank Phillips Visitor’s Center on Park Street and continue to McKinley Park.

Please come enjoy and experience Union County