This fiddle painted on the side
of a former grain silo marks the spot of an
unusual musical events venue on the Great River
Road. Mooney Hollow Reception Hall and Saloon
is about thirty-five miles south of Dubuque,
Iowa near the Mississippi River. The barn and
silo date back to 1932, when they were part
of the Mooney family farm.
In the mid-1970s, Russ Hayward,
a subsequent owner of the barn and silo, began
putting on concerts for local music lovers.
The audience had to climb a ladder climb a ladder
in the barn to the loft over the dairy cows
to watch. Hayward commissioned the fiddle painting
in 1982. Increasing popularity has led to an
expansion of the facility and the construction
of a dedicated dance floor. Now, the reception
hall can accommodate 600 people, and a saloon
has been added. Concerts and other special events
are held regularly, and there are barn dances
just about every Saturday night.
Hollow Reception Hall and Saloon
12471 Hwy 52 S.
Miles, IA 52064
N 42° 08.438 W 090°