(31 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)

Albia is a community that has restored their downtown to it’s original, turn-of-the century elegance. The entire 92 building business district, the courthouse and several homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Self guided walking tour of Albia’s Historic Town Square. Monroe County seat, Albia was at one time a center for the coal mining industry. Monroe county is nearly entirely underlaid by a layer of coal that will vary in depths from a mere 3 or 4 inches, to as much as two feet. Farmers found small deposits of the coal which they stripped out of the earth by the wagon load and sold to the people of the small farming community for heat. At one point, coal mines covered over 450 acres of the land surrounding Albia Iowa, about three miles west of the settlement. Mules drew the coal cars out of the mines and to the trains that carried the coal to market. The mines no longer run full bore, but the area does still supply some coal to area coal trains.

Local Attractions

Monroe County Historical Museum

Located in the “Electric Car Barn” which was used for maintenance of the electric cars for the Albia Interurban Electric Railway. Filled with artifacts from 19th century homes, farms, and mines, including exhibit with a reconstructed coal mining shaft with authentic equipment and real coal.

114 A Ave. E
Albia, IA 52531
Sat and Sun 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.special arrangements for tour buses.
Admission is free to the public with a free-will donation accepted.