Nora Springs History
Nancy

United States

#41 Dec 29, 2009
Where are these bridges located?
Logan Mennenga

Nashua, IA

#42 Mar 11, 2010
Me and my friend Steven, and our girlfriends all went under that bridge just to mess around, well i parked my truck under the bridge just to look at it and my friend steven reached over and shut off the truck thinking he was being funny. So we all laughed and after about 5 seconds I went to start it again and the truck would not start, by this time we were all freaking out. I took the truck out of park and put it back in park and tried it a few more times, it finally started. This is a newer truck there is no reason for it not to start and it has never happened before, probably nothing, but still creepy.
Stephanie Gaylord-McGrath

AOL

#43 Mar 12, 2010
mcman wrote:
Nancy, yes he does. He's my uncle. We are going to start in the fall of 2010
I would hate to hear of it being torn down. I am a direct descendent of the builders brother. Just recently getting into the family tree stuff. If anyone has any pics or stories of the history of the place, please contact me. I would appreciate it. amilslady@aol.com
Charlotte

North Liberty, IA

#44 Oct 2, 2010
Nancy, I remember talking to your mother, when we bought the property, a few years ago. I really enjoyed her. I'd love for her to visit the old house and I'd like to meet her. She was wonderful to talk to. We have no plans other than to keep things from getting worse and keep the pastures mantained(that's why there are cows there now). My husband and I are a long way from retiring and it's not possible to move to Nora Springs any time soon. If you'd like to chat, you can contact my mother and she will give you my number. Tell your mother to take good care of herself.
Charlotte
whoops

Mason City, IA

#45 Oct 17, 2010
i went there last night and that was some scary shit. heard a piano playing and when we got in side the tractor startedsound.
RaeAnn Swanson

Wellsburg, IA

#46 Oct 19, 2010
chris muessigmann wrote:
the Mansion is a piece of crap that people have added myths to over the years, and a drunkard owned it for so long, there is not even a point to discuss it anymore. Burn it to the ground and build a Casey's there.

You are an idiot. there is already a caseys in Nora Springs which is a town of 1500 people, it obviously cannot support two gas stations or the kum and go would still be open. The gaylord mansion represents one of the most important pieces of nora springs history to burn it down would be a tragedy. It should be restored and turned into a museum or something.
Dallas Dey

Acworth, GA

#47 Apr 1, 2011
RaeAnn, I know Chris and the house. I would doubt he would want to burn it down (maybe keep kids away). He is right (all the Mason City kids stories are myths and not ture (none of them this house or bridge))) for us who lived in Nora Springs it wasnt that it was haunted it was fear of getting caught by the past owner. Now lets hope the current owner can restore it one day!

A Caseys on a gravel road that would be a first!
dog attack

Bethany Beach, DE

#48 Apr 1, 2011
dose any one no the truth about it becase i need to know the truth and whats the safe about and how old is it and how did the wife die and the 2 kids?
Dallas Dey

Kennesaw, GA

#49 Apr 1, 2011
There is nothing there just a cool old house. The one with a freaky murder is in town and still lived in. There is no bridge you can park a car under unless you want it in the river (and that one is hiway 18). There is nothing to go see all made up stories.

The safe was in an old bank witch burned down last year. Elephant keg fire. Are you so hard headed to think if a safe the locals wouldnt of already opened?

They died from old Age and moved away.
As for the beer cave there isnt beer in it.
brenda

Springfield, TN

#50 Apr 7, 2011
sevenquarters wrote:
geniebuff-Do you have information on the building at 12 S Hawkeye which apparently was a bank (has a vault)? Vault has 'First National Bank' painted on inside of door. Would aprpeciate any info:
sevenquarters@omnitelcom.com
Yes it was once the old fisrt nat bank the vault is still there an also as far as I know stil hs the tear gass bottels in it. My mother worked there in that stor when that side was an arcade in the mid to late 80s and the other side of the building was a movie theater way back in the day. When my mom worked there it was a hard ware store. This was also in the mid and late 80's the fielder family owned it. In the side that was the theater my father and filder put in the fauls celing the reall high domed celil is still there if you wld take down the faulse one.

The basment is creepy! I remeber playing down there as a child lol both sides are creepy but the one to the right side going down the steps is the worst! I know a lot ofthis bulding if anyone wantss more info on it.

Also the apts above the 2 stors were once lived in by close friends so I know the history on thos too!
brenda medlin

Springfield, TN

#51 Apr 7, 2011
Dallas Dey wrote:
There is nothing there just a cool old house. The one with a freaky murder is in town and still lived in. There is no bridge you can park a car under unless you want it in the river (and that one is hiway 18). There is nothing to go see all made up stories.
The safe was in an old bank witch burned down last year. Elephant keg fire. Are you so hard headed to think if a safe the locals wouldnt of already opened?
They died from old Age and moved away.
As for the beer cave there isnt beer in it.
Hey dallas the bridge that was party owned by gaylord is the one south of town if you went down main street and crossed the old metal bridge you can upon the old train tunle out by where the brierlys lived. That's the one I know of that in fact way way back in time a RR worker did hang himself off of it.
brenda medlin

Springfield, TN

#52 Apr 7, 2011
northernsmiles wrote:
I have found two abandoned old bridges in Nora Springs walking distance from each other. Both of these bridges are no longer in use. One of them is a stone arch railroad bridge and the other is an old rusty bridge. If anyone has any information about these bridges look for them on flickr.com . I heard on eof them was haunted. thanks
The old arch one is the one everyone talks about and has mixed up wit the hanging of the guy! The arched stone on IS THE ONE were way way back in the day a RR man did infact hng himself from it. Its not the old bridge on the "old highway" as they say it is today!
DallasDey

Kennesaw, GA

#53 Jun 9, 2011
brenda medlin wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey dallas the bridge that was party owned by gaylord is the one south of town if you went down main street and crossed the old metal bridge you can upon the old train tunle out by where the brierlys lived. That's the one I know of that in fact way way back in time a RR worker did hang himself off of it.
Yes you can park a car under that RR bridge but itís a bridge over a road never heard of a RR worker hanging himself though and the RR would own that not Gaylord. Now the old metal bridge a person from Liberty Square Care Center died there when we were in high school. Think they went fishing off the bridge while still ice on the river and one fell in and wasnít found for a few days.
Gaylord is my Family

Wewahitchka, FL

#54 Jan 23, 2012
NO ONE WAS MURDERED IN THE MANSION. You hear the piano playing and voices because they always through dinner partys, They where very like family. Also very dark. He was a drunk and worked a lot. Thats all my grandmas will tell me. Oh P.S. Gaylords for family members. Thats why I know his. They are very secritive about it but always told me He never and would never kill his family.
Everyone gets the Gaylords and the haunted Mansion in Charlies City where the dad killed the mom and daughter and put them in the walls , Then killed his son when he was sleeping and put him in the basement. Then a month later hung himself. I took pictures and you could see faces in the window and tree. My mom got so scared she burnt them they kept going out.
Danny w

Ankeny, IA

#55 Mar 3, 2012
Anybody wanting to go to the bridge I can show you if you have a car me and my freind can show you where it is dannyrw.DW@gmail.com im in mason 10 min away
Tom Severe

Fort Dodge, IA

#59 Jun 24, 2012
Let me set this straight. Vienna was related to us and actually lived with us on and off for about 8 years at the end of her life. Her mother and father were Edson and Helen. Edson died in 1914 and Helen in 1918. They had 3 kids, Wallace, Myrtie, and Vienna.
Myrtie died of diesase at age 3 in about 1865. Wallace and Vienna lived for many years in Nora Springs in the mansion and neither married. Wallace was born in 1862 and passed away in 1939. Vienna was born in 1871 and died of a stroke at our house in 1956. They are all buried at Rock Grove cemetary and you can find the graves there today. After Vienna died I helped clean up the place which was sort of a mess. The house had been divided into two halves and half had been rented out. The guy that bought it basically gutted it of any thing worth selling and then abandoned it. As you may know Mick Wells , who teaches at the university of Iowa owns it and would like to retire there. I understand that he had thought of trying to restore the house but may find the cost prohibitive. As far as any family knows, no one was ever murdered there so all of these stories are pure fiction.
Family Tree Buff

Iowa City, IA

#60 Nov 26, 2012
Does anyone know what "the German farm" is?

I've been doing some family history research and some of my relatives lived (and died) on a farm. The farm is/was located 3 miles south of Nora Springs and it is always referred to as "the German farm".

I can't figure out if this was a last name (i.e., did someone named "German" own it at one time) or if there were a bunch of German immigrants there. If it is immigrants that would be odd because this branch of my family is not German.

All of the references to "the German farm" are from the early 1900's (1900 to 1940). If anyone knows Nora Springs history has any idea what this is please post a reply.

Thanks!
danny werner

United States

#61 Feb 10, 2013
Ile ask a friend think its on dancer or prancer st in country something like that idk she knows abt all the nora haunted places ile get bk to you
Allison Hewitt

Des Moines, IA

#62 Feb 19, 2013
mcman wrote:
my uncle owns this mansion!
Please, is there some way I can get in contact with him?! I have a odd question for him.
cerro1

Grand Haven, MI

#63 Jul 9, 2013
my grandmother passed away at 100+ in 84. she had attended finishing/boarding school in nora springs and must have graduated circa 1901+/-. does anyone have any info on this school?

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