Category Archives: Geography

Feb 19

Monowi, Nebraska, population 1

The BBC goes to the smallest town in America, a bit over 100 miles west of Sioux City. No town in Iowa has a population in the single digits, at least since Donnan, population 7, disincorporated in 1991.

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Dec 18

Pinstripe still a southward bowl game, barely

This line from a rundown of bowl game watchability got me thinking. Most bowl games feature teams that got to go to a cool place. This does not—the game is played in Navy’s home stadium in Annapolis, and Virginia isn’t … Continue reading

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Jul 01

Canada’s sesquicentennial

June 26, 2007: Inside Ottawa Parliament Hall, Ottawa, Canada. For anyone in the Great White North (or Great White Slightly Northeast, depending) who reads this blog, here’s a commemoration of the unified Dominion of Canada. Iowa exports $3.3 billion of … 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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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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