Calkins Square

  • Calkins Square
  • Calkins House-Dining Room
  • Calkins Barn
  • Calkins Barn Open House

Calkin’s Square -the home and Dr. Office of Dr. Martin H. Calkins. Is situated on a city block along Main Street (Highway 64) in Wyoming, Iowa. The property is listed in the Register of Historic Places. The earliest part of the house was built in 1858.  Parquetry is featured throughout the first floor and in the hall of the second floor. The doctor’s office still contains the original items used by Dr. Calkins.

In 1862 Dr. Calkins mustered into the state militia a company of eighty-nine men who formed Co. K of the 24th Iowa Infantry. Standing about fifty feet to the northeast of the house is a monument built as a memorial to the soldiers of Wyoming who served in the Civil War. Dr. Calkins died in 1909. It was his wishes that a monument be erected to commemorate the patriotism and valor of the young men of Wyoming. The monument was completed in 1921.

When the town of Wyoming became incorporated the town unanimously chose him as Mayor. In 1882 and 1884 he was elected as the republican candidate to represent this county in the Lower House of state legislature.

Mary and Walter Briggs, granddaughter and grandson of Dr. Martin H. Calkins left the house and property, including furniture brought to America on the Mayflower, to the City of Wyoming.

 

For information on rental of the Calkins Barn please contact 563-488-8404.