It's not the Middle East but Iowa's Gaza is in the middle of our state's biggest wind farm

May 31, 2018

Usually when you hear about Gaza or the Gaza Strip, it's usually related to the latest developments or hostilities between the Palestinians and Israelis. 

 

But Iowa has it's own Gaza and it's on narrow strip of land in the middle of O'Brien County in far northwest Iowa. This Gaza may not be in the news as often (maybe that's a good thing?), but it's location is pretty noteworthy, too.

O'Brien County is the windiest county in the state, at least for now. We'll have to see where future wind farms are sited. There is more turbines and wind power generation happening in this county than any other county (at least for now). And the largest wind farm in the windiest county is centered right around Gaza in Highland Township.

Since I was back visiting my family for Memorial Day weekend, my brother and I made a quick visit to the community. It's not very big, but I'm sure prior generations would never believe their eyes...as there are dozens upon dozens of turbines spinning their blades for as far as the eye can see.

 

 

The only significant employer is the Producers Cooperative. They provide a lot of ag-related services and products to area farmers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few residences in town.

But many of the houses are abandoned or in need of significant investment.

 

 

Older generations will tell you that Gaza was once a pretty happening place - and even had it's own school. Today, there aren't a lot of people in Gaza, but I did spot this feral cat on the side of the road. There's a lot of trees and lush greenery, a good spot for probably lots of different critters.

 

 

 

 

Here are a few other shots from around town.

 

 

 

Next time you are in southern O'Brien County or near Primghar or Calumet, make a quick detour through Gaza. It's only a few miles from Highway 10 or Highway 59. It's a pretty area.

 

As always, I welcome your suggestions of places to visit and profile either in O'Brien County or one of the other 98 counties. If you would wish to host the Iowa Adventurer or have a good idea, please drop me a note through my website.

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