Heritage Hill Tour of Red Oak

In the midst of the rolling, fertile hills of Southwest Iowa, and nestled on the banks of the Nishnabotna River, Red Oak grew from the vision of Colonel Alfred Hebard while surveying for the Burlington Railroad in the 1850s. Originally called Red Oak Junction, the town grew slowly. After the Civil War and the completion of the railroad in 1869, Red Oak prospered and became a center of activity with the development of farming and industry in the area.

Red Oak’s business section expanded around The Square, while many fine residences were constructed on the beautiful hills to the east. Thirty (30) of these splendid turn-of-the-century homes and buildings are highlighted in this guide.


Stop by the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association (307 E Reed Street, Red Oak, Iowa) to pick-up a beautiful physical copy of the Heritage Hill Tour as your guide, or click here to download a digital copy. If you operate a Welcome Center and would like copies of the Heritage Hill Tour brochure, please contact the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association.

Autumn Home Tour & Tea

The Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association hosts an annual Autumn Home Tour & Tea on the third Saturday of September which coincides with the Southwest Iowa Art Tour weekend. The home tour showcases the interiors of Heritage Hill homes and even newly renovated apartments in our historic downtown. It’s a great weekend to experience the charm of Red Oak, Iowa!

Digital Tour

You can now research and experience the Heritage Hill Tour digitally via the Google Map below!

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