We were still dealing with a rainy day, so we decided to see if we could get a tour of the McNeil Stone Mansion (website HERE). Mahaska County was the most coal rich of all the counties in Iowa. Wilbur McNeil was the owner of the majority of mines in the Oskaloosa area. He built this impressive structure in 1909. It is now a very well kept bed and breakfast. They don’t normally do tours, but the owner, Virginia, was nice enough to take us on one anyway. It was fascinating. Del and Marilyn made us a wonderful supper and we visited their son, Nathan, and his family who also live in the area. They were really welcoming and asked lots of good questions about my trip. When we returned, it was time for a signing ceremony. Gosh I miss these! With a few strokes of a Sharpie, Del and Marilyn officially recommenced the progress towards my goal. They took such good care of us and it was a great opportunity to get to know them better.