This is totally random, but a reader sent an email noting that his co-worker went to the same high school as Eagles draft pick Cooper DeJean. It’s way out in bumble F Iowa, a consolidated spot called OA-BCIG, short for “Odebolt–Arthur–Battle Creek–Ida Grove Community School District.” DeJean is from Odebolt, and the high school is in Ida Grove, where an eccentric millionaire built a bunch of spots with medieval castle-looking architecture

“Midwest Industries is a business in Ida Grove. The man who created that business, Byron Godbersen, loved castles. So in the 1970s, castle themed buildings and other items started appearing all over town. Mr. Godbersen was a town legend. He grew up on a farm near here and became an inventor. The businesses he built around his inventions are here in Ida Grove. His love of castles is almost everywhere you look. Some people even call Ida Grove Castletown, USA.

There are castle-shaped buildings, knights guarding the area, moats with bridges on the golf course, and welcome signs that make you feel like you’re in medieval times. There’s even a roller skating rink that looks like a…castle! The inside has the feel of a castle too. Throughout history people have built written and created things that are special to them, and some of those things are still here today like books, sculptures, paintings, and buildings. Here in Ida Grove, one man’s feeling that castles were special is on display for all to see.”

One of the oddest things you’ll ever see. The town is literally in the middle of nowhere and has a population of 2,000.


Check out the pics from the town’s official website, and go Birds: