Minburn has been selected as the site of the Dallas County Freedom Rock.


Iowa artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen will paint a patriotic scene on the rock. His goal is to paint a Freedom Rock in every county in Iowa. He has been painting patriotic scenes on rocks since 1999.


Dallas County’s rock will be located south of the 1914 train depot in Minburn, said Jon West of the Minburn American Legion Post 99.


“It’s where the depot and Hwy 169 intersects. It’s a good place for it,” West said.


Adjutant Mark Golightly said a rock was recently selected to be the official Freedom Rock. The 25-ton rock is about 12 feet wide and seven feet tall.


The rock was donated by Dennis Allen, who runs Herb’s Backhoe Service and Dennis’s Rocks. Progressive Foundry in Perry owns Herb’s Backhoe Service. Allen runs Dennis’s Rocks as a side business.


Golightly said Allen, who is a veteran, decided to donate the rock after hearing about the Dallas County Freedom Rock.


“It was a big blessing,” Golightly said.


Kirk VanKirk and Darek VanKirk of Progressive Foundry, Allen said, are donating the moving services to move the rock to the Minburn site. Allen will help move the rock through Herb’s Backhoe Service.


Golightly said the site near the 1914 train depot in Minburn will first need to be excavated. A rock or concrete base will also need to be installed before the rock can be moved.


The timeline, Golightly said, will depend on the weather. He would like to see the rock in place before Memorial Day.


Sorensen has been contracted to paint the Dallas County Freedom Rock in 2019. Golightly said Sorensen has a number of other rocks in other counties to finish before the rock can be painted in Minburn.


Once the rock is painted, West said, the site will be finished as a memorial area with lights and an American flag.


While the Minburn American Legion is currently heading the project, West said he would like to see other Dallas County legion and auxiliary groups involved.


He would also like to see volunteers from the surrounding communities.


“It’s not Minburn’s Freedom Rock. It’s Dallas County’s Freedom Rock,” West said.


For more information about the Dallas County Freedom Rock, contact West at 515-677-2441 or Golightly at 515-473-8482.