Some roadside attractions you have to TREE to believe. Like the Tree of Five Seasons in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Since 1975 Cedar Rapids has been known as the “City of Five Seasons.” The slogan replaced the previous motto of “Parlor City of Iowa” and was dreamt up by Creswell, Munsell, Fultz & Zirbel (CMF&Z) that calls upon a Bible verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1:
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“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
They believed that in Cedar Rapids there was enough time to enjoy all the season with extra time to squeeze in one more.
The 61-foot tall steel tree of life is a fixture among the Cedar Rapids skyline. The logo and Cedar Rapids logo sculpture were designed by Gary Anderson, with the giant tree being erected in 1996 after raising more that $800,000 to build it. The monument was erected on April 3, 1996 and officially dedicated to the city on May 18, 1996.
Whether it is spring, summer, autumn, winter… or the mythical season five, if you’re taking a road trip to Cedar Rapids the Tree of Five Seasons in a must-see Iowa roadside attraction.
Tree of Five Seasons Sculpture
Address: 1st Ave. E., Cedar Rapids, IA
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See