Monthly Archives: February 2016

Feb 29

Meeting about US 30 in Toledo this week

The Iowa DOT will hold a meeting in Toledo on Thursday to discuss the plan to four-lane US 30 in eastern Tama County. It won’t be completed for years, but the first step is acquiring right-of-way. The project statement says … Continue reading

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Feb 27

Top ‘structurally deficient’ bridges on replacement cycle

Getting attention this week was an update to a type of report that gets issued in various forms semi-regularly since the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007, regarding the condition of bridges nationwide. One-fifth of Iowa’s bridges, over 5000 … Continue reading

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Feb 26

U is for Ute

July 20, 2012 The Ute school building last had students in May 2012, despite its continued inclusion on a statewide directory of active buildings in 2014-15. The Charter Oak-Ute school district sold it for $10,010 on Oct. 21, 2013, according … Continue reading

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Feb 25

Wagon Wheel Bridge irreparably damaged

July 7, 2013: The Wagon Wheel Bridge in Boone County was accessible to pedestrians after its closure to traffic. In the foreground is the portion of the bridge that was damaged in early August 2015 and removed. One of Iowa’s … Continue reading

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Feb 24

V is for Vincent

July 6, 2011: Entrance to the Vincent school building in northeast Webster County. At the time the picture was taken, a sign outside said “Vincent Antique Galleries.” The Eagle Grove school district closed the Vincent attendance center at the end … Continue reading

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Feb 23

W is for Wyman

June 1, 2015: The Wyman building is on the cover of Barb and Dave Else’s book “For All the Small Schools: A Photographic Pursuit of Iowa’s Forgotten Schools.” The village of Wyman, east of Crawfordsville, has a scattering of houses and a Farm … Continue reading

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Feb 22

Carving up Farragut

The eastern quarter of Fremont County, including the towns of Farragut and Imogene, will become part of the Shenandoah school district next year. The Iowa Department of Education released its plans for the Farragut district, which will be forcibly dissolved … Continue reading

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Feb 19

X is for Exira

(Hey, that’s cheating! — Ed.) May 22, 2014: Five weeks after this picture was taken, the school building used in Exira for most of the 20th century was destroyed in a controlled burn. There is an easy way to tell … Continue reading

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Feb 18

Y is for Yarmouth

June 1, 2015: The Yarmouth school building in northwest Des Moines County. The Yarmouth school building is visible from a distance on X31. According to the Mediapolis 1975 centennial book, the school was still in use at that time, 14 … Continue reading

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Feb 17

Z is for Zero

There’s nothing there.

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