Fire Destroys Historic Breitbach’s Country Dining

Oldest bar in Iowa was established in 1852

Posted by CC on December 26th, 2007 7:00 pm

A morning fire on Christmas Eve Day destroyed a well-known Balltown restaurant thought to be Iowa’s oldest bar. No one was hurt in the fire, which began Monday morning after an explosion in the basement. Breitbach’s was established in 1852 and has been in the same family for six generations. The old stagecoach stop was known for its friendly atmosphere and country-style dining. It was a popular stop for tourists along the Mississippi River and was recently featured on the Food Network’s “Feasting on Asphalt with Alton Brown.”