(72 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)

The John L. Lewis Memorial Museum of Mining and Labor

John L. Lewis was born February 12, 1880 to Welsh immigrant parents, in the coal mining camp of Cleveland, Iowa – a mile east of Lucas. John L. began work in the “Big Hill” Mine in Lucas as a teenager, joining UMWA Local #799 in 1900. He moved to Illinois, where be began to rise to power in the United Mine Workers of America. He served as their president for forty years and was a founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

102 Division St. (2 blocks north of Highway 34)
Lucas, IA
641.766.6831 or 641.766.6443
April to October: Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; closed Sun.
Call for appointment during other times. Spring and fall weather dependent, closed winter call first to confirm hours. Admission is $1 for adults.

Lucas County Genealogy Society

The Lucas County Genealogy Society has indexed all the Chariton and Lucas County newspapers (including Russell’s) that are currently on microfilm. There are weddings, births, deaths, and just stories indexed there. A gold mine of information for family history researchers. There is a charge to look up 12 items. Contact them directly for more information.

217 N 17th St.
Lucas, IA 50151
See website for winter and summer hours