RAGBRAI Town Spotlight: Wilton (Saturday)

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The community of Wilton is a RAGBRAI favorite as we have been through town on four previous occasions, the last coming in 2011 on our way to Davenport.  Wilton is the meeting town on the final days ride from Coralville to Davenport.

There are several restaurants in town including Godfather’s Pizza, the Wilton Café, Subway, the Sicilian Pizza, Casey’s, the Junction Bar & Grill and Froh’s.  The town is also home of the world famous Candy Kitchen. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Founded by R.A. McIntyre in 1860, The Candy Kitchen is the oldest ongoing Ice Cream Parlor / Soda Fountain in the world and has been serving visitors ice cream, lunches, and candy for over 150 years. Under the ownership of the Nopoulos family since 1910.  George Nopoulos just passed away last month at 95 years old.  George will be missed by all.

The town’s festivities will be held in the downtown area and the grassy downtown parks.  There will be some fun games to entertain the riders.  Other historical sites include the Wilton Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1898 that used to see 100 trains daily. There are also many monuments through town to commemorate the Wilton men who served and lost lives in battle.

Wilton is the hometown of Hawkeye and Viking fan favorite Wally Hilgenberg

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