Monthly Archives: June 2017

Jun 30

Front of Sparks Garage has collapsed

April 17, 2016: Sparks Garage in Beaver. A Lincoln Highway landmark in central Iowa has entered its death throes. The Sparks Garage in Beaver, established in 1912 but abandoned for decades, deteriorated significantly in the past year. The cinder blocks … Continue reading

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Jun 29

A southward expansion of West Des Moines

West Des Moines has had its eyes on northeastern Madison and northwestern Warren counties for a while now, and the concept is taking a step into reality. The city intends to build a bridge over I-35 between the IA 5 … Continue reading

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Jun 28

History of the Lincoln Highway in Wyoming

Wyoming Public Television made an hourlong documentary for the centennial of the Lincoln Highway in that state. It won an Emmy. It’s entertaining and informative, and I’m going to link to the station’s page with the video although I first … Continue reading

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Jun 27

Worst. Temp. Job. Ever.

June 20, 2016: Hello, I must be going. The Carroll Kmart was not in the large list of nationwide Kmart closures announced at the beginning of the year, but was included in a less-publicized round in spring. Two months after … Continue reading

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Jun 26

Blog solution. Maybe.

As you can see from editing of the last post, something Very Very Bad happened last week, causing quite a consternation. Through some digging, it appears my blog contracted the equivalent of a disease so bad and rare the doctor … Continue reading

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Jun 24

Lincoln Highway: Sutherland, Nebraska

August 6, 2016: Mural on side of building on side of Lincoln Highway/US 30 in Sutherland, Nebraska, about 6 miles east of the Mountain/Central time zone boundary. NOTE: I am getting a WordPress fatal error “undefined function current_action()” and until … Continue reading

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Jun 22

Lincoln Highway: Marshalltown, Iowa

March 26, 2010: Closeup of the clock tower at the Marshall County Courthouse. The Lincoln Highway’s original route through Marshall County went right through Marshalltown. It wasn’t relocated onto a straightaway until the end of 1947. The route through the … Continue reading

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Jun 21

Lincoln Highway: Jefferson, Iowa

May 15, 2011: The Greene County Courthouse, as seen from the Lincoln Highway (above) and looking east on the Lincoln Highway from the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower (below). Half a century plus one year after the Mahanay Memorial bell tower … Continue reading

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Jun 20

Lincoln Highway: Williamstown, Ohio

October 3, 2013: Intersection of the Lincoln Highway and US 68, Williamstown, Ohio. A significant stretch of the Lincoln Highway in Ohio was signed as US 30 as recently as the beginning of the 21st Century. The highway was upgraded … Continue reading

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Jun 19

The Lincoln Highway, as previously seen here

July 6, 2013: Youngville Station at the intersection of US 30/218 in Benton County. Over multiple days, I traveled the then-newly-signed Lincoln Highway Historic Byway across Iowa for its 100th birthday. Since this week is the Lincoln Highway Association’s annual … Continue reading

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