Category Archives: Geography

Apr 03

Atlas Obscura finds the Sullivan Line

Another article about the Honey War? Sure! For a shorter story and more geographic nitty-gritty, there is my page on the Sullivan Line, but my photos were taken when the grass wasn’t green. Also, I visited the marker in “the … Continue reading

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Jan 13

Pilot Knob is not Iowa’s second-highest point. Or the third.

October 4, 2015: The view from the Pilot Knob observation tower, which is 30 feet tall. Enjoy it before I drop some earth-leveling news. While working on the page for IA 237, the old spur to Ocheyedan, I had a … Continue reading

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Nov 16

The last time the county voted for…

Donald Trump’s near-sweep of Iowa in the 2016 election is even more shocking when you take it into longer-term context. The only time in the past half-century that the Democratic candidate failed to win at least 10 counties in Iowa … Continue reading

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Nov 10

Republicans expand rural reach in Iowa

New York Times visualization of the 2016 presidential vote by county. Note that the Driftless Area (NE IA, SW WI, SE MN) tilted Republican, and while not strongly so, it’s in deep, stark contrast to the 2008 map. First, go read … Continue reading

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Oct 04

Why DON’T we have Iowa-shaped waffles?

January 25, 2012: Texas Ranch Road 1, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, Stonewall, Texas. The last time I was in Texas, more than one hotel had waffle irons that would give you a waffle in the shape … Continue reading

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Jul 28

Google mangles Maps, again

In the current tech contest to make any website unusable for anyone with a real computer and worse than 20/15, 500-shades-of-gray vision, Google has taken a whack at Maps — and I mean whack in the East River sense. So … Continue reading

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Jul 05

Classic, good Mapquest going away

I predicted this was going to happen. A website that I’ve been using since the 20th century is being shut down, and while the name continues, it’s not really the same. (It also may mean that no Internet mapping site is … Continue reading

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Feb 05

Sullivan’s corner on the Iowa-Missouri line

Along Iowa’s southern border, a string of nearly forgotten iron posts marks where Iowa ends and Missouri begins. The westernmost marker, once the northwest corner of Missouri, is today at the southernmost point in the slightly bent line west of … Continue reading

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Nov 23

MMCRU: A quadrant unfilled

The combined Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union High School will be called… MMCRU. I thought there could have been a concession to Remsen-Union to give it the first part of the name, but overall in Iowa there’s only a handful of two-name/two-part districts where … Continue reading

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Oct 29

A guide to state triple points

June 26, 2014: The Arkansas-Missouri-Oklahoma triple point is just off MO/AR 43 in Southwest City, Missouri. Photo looking from Oklahoma mostly into Arkansas. The Washington Post has an interactive map that details every location three states in the United States … Continue reading

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