In 2013, members of the Manning VFW heard about the Iowa Freedom Rock project for each county and hit the ground running to make sure that Manning was able to get the honor of having the Carroll County Freedom Rock.

All the way from a Dedham, Iowa, farm.


Coming into Manning 12:01 p.m. March 8, 2013 in a mild haze.


Kevin Boersma - winner (within 900 pounds under the actual weight of the boulder 55,158 pounds).
2nd place Darlene (Genzen) Vollstedt within 1000 pounds under


June 2014 Ray "Bubba" Sorensen starts to paint the various scenes.


Ray's family


Ray began this project in 2012 where he will paint 1 rock in each of the 99 Iowa counties.
I could not find an up to date count but as of 2015, Ray had completed 28 rocks.


August 2014 - landscaping begins