In Edgewood, you can have a cool drink of water and find out what time it is. Nope, I am not kidding, you can do both. You see there is a building on the southeast corner of Washington and Madison that was built in 1906. This historic edifice was once the downtown bank and it featured a chiming clock on its façade, which helped the townspeople of Edgewood stay on pace during their busy days.
Now this place is known as Café Rosé – Iowa Winery, Guest Suites, Cantina and both hands of the historic clock are busy working again. A very unique, restored water fountain stands at the corner, one of only two in the entire state of Iowa. It was originally erected by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, WCTU, in the early 1900’s and stood as a symbol of homage to local union official, Thera B. True. When you visit, you can stand on the corner of Washington and Madison, enjoy that cool sip of water and look up to see what time it is. The very best part is that if the time happens to be lunchtime or dinnertime, or anytime in between, all you have to do is descend the nearby stairs and step into Café Rosé – Rosie’s Cantina.
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