2019 Heartland Acres John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride

| 5/24/2019 1:07:00 PM

Lowell Walters
The brother of Lowell Walter, the original owner of Cedar Rock, located near Quasqueton on the Wapsipinicon River.

Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa, is planning the Annual John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride for Saturday, June 8, 2019.

The ride will start at 8:30 a.m. from the Heartland Acres parking lot at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., in Independence, Iowa. Entry forms for preregistration are available at Heartland Acres admission office or by visiting our website at www.heartlandacresusa.com and are due by May 31, 2019.

The ride this year includes a stop at Cedar Rock which will include a tour and a lunch break. The story of Cedar Rock is significant to Buchanan County and Iowa.

Together Lowell and Agnes Walter created the Walters Farm Management Company. At one time their office was located at 609 Waterloo Building, Waterloo, Iowa. The business started with one family farm but grew to 5,000 acres of farmland. Lowell employed his uncle then nephew to manage his rental farms.

In the January 1945 letter Lowell wrote to Frank Lloyd Wright to commission him to design Cedar Rock. Lowell owned both the Iowa Road Building Company and 3,500 acres of farmland. Ultimately purchasing more than 5,000 acres. The Walters rented land and farmhouses to local farmers on a 50/50 profit split.


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