Posts Tagged ‘cool cafe’

Farmers Market: Thursdays at Colo cafe & motel

June 10, 2010

Scott Berka writes that while the city of Colo, Iowa, is still looking for someone to lease the cafe at Reed/Niland Corner, a farmers market will take place there Thursdays from July 1 – September 23, 4pm – 7pm.

FRESH Produce! ~ ORIGINAL Crafts!
HOME BAKED goods! ~ Ice Cream!

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Colo Farmers’ Market, reserve a table for a week or the season by emailing them at or for more information contact Colo Development Group at (641) 377-2278. The adjacent Colo Motel continues in operation.

Jefferson Highway walker to be at Niland's Cafe

November 6, 2009

Scott Berka (city clerk of Colo, Iowa) wrote to say Niland’s Cafe at the Reed/Niland Corner in Colo, Iowa, will host a man walking the Jefferson Highway from Winnipeg to New Orleans. The Colo Development Group invites all to attend on Monday, November 9, at 9:00 a.m. The one-stop gathering of classic roadside businesses is at the intersection of the E–W Lincoln Highway and the N–S Jefferson.

Niland's outside new
ABOVE: Standing on the Lincoln Highway and “above” the Jefferson Highway at Reed/Niland Corner. BELOW, Berka at the cafe counter.

Niland's, Scott at counter

The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Mike Conlin from New Orleans and Gary Augustine from Prince George, B.C., have already departed Winnipeg, the northern terminus of the Jefferson Highway.

“People are right into this stuff and, with the baby boomers all ready to retire, and into that age where you’re more into history, I’ve got a feeling that that highway is going to come back,” said Conlin.

The Jefferson Highway, established in 1919, was the first north-south transcontinental road to span the North American continent, named for the third U.S. president of the United States. It runs through Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas, ending in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Updated hours at Niland's Cafe in Colo, Iowa

August 17, 2009

At least three Lincoln Highway travelers have asked recently about the operating hours at the restored Niland’s Cafe in Colo, Iowa. I reported in my new Lincoln Highway Companion book that they were closed Monday — they are, and Tuesday too.

The cool cafe is open:

Wed thru Sat, 6:30 a.m – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Check for current hours by clicking the Reed/Niland Corner link at left, and then the cafe link. Don’t forget there are newly restored overnight rooms too.