RWP: Laura Musser McColm Historic District

I’m starting a thing today. What is it you say? I’m going to pick out a random Wikipedia (hence RWP) article and dive in, possibly make some jokes and have some fun researching a couple of things.

Today brings us a lovely Wikipedia article about Laura Musser McColm Historic District. The first half of the first sentence of the article really grabs me:

“The Laura Musser McColm Historic District, also known as the Muscatine Art Center“..

/ “Laura Musser McColm Historic District,” Wikipedia /
/ Original Image via Wikipedia / – THIS IS THE WHOLE DISTRICT a.k.a Muscatine Art Center.

Wait…so all of a sudden the whole district is also the Muscatine Art Center? Mind blown!

If you read past the first half of the first sentence you will learn some more things. I was frightened at first but managed to read it anyways:

 “is a nationally recognized historic district located in Muscatine, Iowa, United States”

/ “Laura Musser McColm Historic District,” Wikipedia /

Muscatine? Muscadine? No…not Muscadine, Muscatine – it’s in Iowa! Very confusing, probably sent some people looking for wine or grapes and all they got was a district that actually wasn’t a district all all, but just one art center and possibly a garden and a side house to match. Humans especially like to confuse others as a past time and this is surely a got ’em right here.

Where is Muscatine, Iowa? It’s right on the map:

I painted over the top of this / Original Image via Wikipedia /

Well, well. If Iowa was actually the chef with fried chicken in the USA, then Muscatine, Iowa is the chef’s bugger! That is RIGHT where an unattended booger would land while making fried chicken. Gross! It’s okay the bugger is safe as long as the chef doesn’t mess with it until after he is done cooking chicken.

So far we have a misleading town name along with a historical district that actually isn’t a district at all, but “Contributing properties include the 1908 residence, the carriage house from the 1920s, and the Japanese garden that was installed in 1929.” ( / “Laura Musser McColm Historic District,” Wikipedia / ) Well maybe it is a district, let’s look up the definition of district – maybe I am wrong after all:

/ Google’s definition of ‘district’ /


an area of a country or city, especially one regarded as a distinct unit because of a particular characteristic.
“an elegant shopping district”

Okay, so I was giving a district more credit than it was due even though ‘shopping district’ is included as an example. Doesn’t district just sound like a big word? Now for a bit of history:

The house was built for Laura Musser and her husband Edwin McColm by Laura’s father Peter.

/ “Laura Musser McColm Historic District,” Wikipedia /

Who is Edwin McColm? Such curiosities lie in all directions! Let’s go to Google images to see if we can tell:

/ Google Images / Who is Edwin CcColm? Why it’s that scholar looking dude with the glasses. Classic.

Who is Laura Musser? Lets see if Google images can help us again:

/ Google Images / Who is Laura Musser – not any of these people, I bet. They aren’t in black and white and half of them have Instagram filters on. Remember folks, we are looking for a person from before there was color in life or images!

Ah hah! Now we are getting somewhere, if we search for “laura musser and edwin mccolm” on Google, the Muscatine Art Center website has some information on the Musser family. Now, let’s see if we can find what else is interesting in this article, if anything. Oh yeah. There was a renovation in 2017 that cost $1.5 million.

But nope, nothing else interesting. Move along. Nothing to see here. And just remember, even your belly button isn’t even excluded from being made fun of.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S. D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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