Martin Flynn's Mansion and Barn at Living History Farms’ was constructed by Martin and Ellen Flynn in the early 1870s. Martin Flynn, like many men in 1870, made his initial fortune in railroad construction.
July 6, 1881: Kate Shelley, fifteen, crawls across a damaged bridge in Iowa, and then runs another half mile to warn workers at a depot that a railroad track has been washed out. She becomes a locally famous heroine. In 1900, a steel bridge is named for her.