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A beaver welcomes riders to Alden during the 2015 RAGBRAI preride on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

RAGBRAI has visited Alden 20 times but not since 1995. We are glad to be back, as this year they are hosting “Iowa’s Best Dam Party”! Alden is the meeting town for day three of RAGBRAI.

Lunch options available in Alden include Sweet Corn, Burritos, Fruit, Tender Tom’s Turkey, Whole Hog BBQ, and many local vendors – according to their website, ANY KIND OF FOOD YOU CAN IMAGINE!! Can’t ask for better than that.

Alden went all out in lining up great bands for our visit. Abby Normal, The Bearcat Pickers and The Ramblers will be playing throughout the day.

There is also lots of interesting historical sights to see in Alden. One of the most notable is the Library, as Alden is the smallest community in the U.S. to be endowed with an Andrew Carnegie Library, and it is still in operation today. It’s nickname is the Iowa River Jewel. You may also want to check out the Alden Lyceum, which was a huge entertainment hub in the early 1900s. Entertainers from all over the U.S. and foreign countries came to Alden to perform there, and it was known as the Athens of the West.

Famous people from Alden include Charlie Frisbee, a pro baseball player, and Gordon Jones, an actor known for his parts in The Rifleman, The Green Hornet, Abbot & Costello movies, John Wayne movies, the Son of Flubber, and Ozzie & Harriet. Jones has a star on the Vine St. Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To keep up with Alden’s RAGBRAI plans, visit their website,, and follow them on Facebook:

Check out this preview video of Alden!