The population of Clear Lake is approximately 9000, but as one merchant told me, on the Fourth of July, there were 50,000 in attendance for the festivities. We really liked this town and I felt I could live in Clear Lake, except for the 62" of snow they had this past winter.
Following that, my photographer didn't take any more pictures. We did learn that in the early 70s at the peak of Winnebago Industries, they had 4000 employees. They now have approximately 1600, but Winnebago did survive the latest economic woes where others did not. Our tour guide attributed that to the fact Winnebago is debt-free. In addition, we learned Winnebago Industries currently produce 100-130 various motorhomes every week. We also learned that as a Winnebago-Itasca club member, we can stay on the premises for free for three days -- electric only. They were preparing for their yearly rally in a couple of weeks with 1400 registrants so far.
The next morning, July 8, we packed up and left Clear Lake, continuing our journey to Bloomington, Illinois. We certainly enjoyed our stay in Clear Lake and look forward to returning.
We continuously ask God to bless our voyage and our family and friends. Be sure and check back soon to see where we are and what we find.