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     Elk Horn & Kimballton, Iowa

The combined communities of Elk Horn and Kimballton constitute America's largest rural Danish settlement. Visitors to this rural outpost see the word "Velkommen" at nearly every turn, and Danish flags of all sizes line Main Street. The town's greatest attraction, however, is its authentic Danish windmill. 

The sixty-foot windmill was built in 1848, but has called Elk Horn its home only since 1976. In commemoration of the community's Danish heritage, Elk Horn residents arranged for the windmill to be dismantled and sent from overseas. According to Iowa Curiosities, a law was passed in Denmark shortly thereafter that prohibited the export of any more windmills.

The mill stone still turns and grinds locally grown wheat, rye and corn.

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 The Kimballton Mural 

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 The Little Mermaid is a replica of the Little Mermaid on the rock in Copenhagen's harbor.  H. C. Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid is the story of a mermaid longing for the love of a mortal prince and for an immortal human soul.

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The minature Bondehus or Danish Farm Cottage 

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  Immanuel Lutheran Church (1904) - "the little white church on the hill."

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