Peterson Pioneer Home

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Peterson Pioneer Home

The Peterson Pioneer Home is located on 2nd Street in
downtown Odebolt across from the Odebolt Historical Museum. 

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, on Sundays from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Also open by appointment:  Call City Hall at 712-668-2231      

Would you believe this small pioneer type house was home for a family of seven? This old house was once home for the proud parents who raised five children there and its door was always open to others.

Nels Magnus Peterson and his wife Mary Caroline purchased a lot in Odebolt on December 28, 1885 at a price of $100. The house was completed in 1886. Three girls and two boys were raised in the small frame house. The last of the Peterson family to live in the house was Edith, who passed away in 1973.

By this time the Peterson property was owned by the city of Odebolt. The historical value rests in the fact that the one and a half story house is still in its original form.

Recognizing the education and historical value of the house and yard, members of the Odebolt Questers (a group interested in preservation of the past) called a meeting of representatives of local clubs and organizations to present the possibility of restoration. Seventeen organizations sent representatives and a slate of officers was selected. The officers met with the Odebolt City Council asking them to retain ownership of the property and allow the people of the community to renovate, furnish the house, and take care of the yard and garden. The request was granted after proof of sincerity.  A fund-raising campaign was conducted and sufficient funds raised to start the project.

The first floor was completed in 1975 and the upstairs was completed in time for the Bicentennial observance and open house on July 4th, 1976 with the help of many local volunteers.

The home looks much as it would have in the 1880's, so much so that people viewing the house have remarked that someone could move right in!

The house was moved to a space across from the Odebolt Museum in 2012.

Groups or individuals are welcome to tour the home.  Contact Odebolt City Hall (205 W. 2nd St.) 712-668-2231 to schedule a tour.




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