Category Archives: Iowa Miscellaneous

Apr 21

Dispatches from the frontier

The Washington Post went to Kiron, Steve King’s hometown, and put its observations on the front page earlier this week. The article doesn’t set out for a particular point, more of a “day in the life” of pretty typical Iowans. … Continue reading

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Apr 20

The 1981 map and the tail end of the Great Decommissioning

The disclaimer on the 1981 Iowa highway map. From the start, I have limited the reach of Iowa Highway Ends to those state highways on the 1981 map and later. (For the US routes, since there are far fewer, any … Continue reading

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Apr 18

The new R&T lofts

June 11, 2013: View down the staircase that runs the height of the 1918 Register & Tribune Building. The historic Register & Tribune Building in Des Moines, where I worked for a decade, is almost ready to open as a … 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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Apr 01

A story

April 7, 2016: The story you are about to read is a fib, but it’s short. The town of Floris is very small, 153 people, between Ottumwa and Bloomfield. One day the only person walking around was a man named … Continue reading

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Mar 30

Going into the I-74 toll bridge offices

The Quad-City Times‘ Barb Ickes got a chance to explore the “underbelly” of the I-74 toll plaza and offices that span a space over the Mississippi River joining the twin bridges. The photo gallery is definitely worth a look through. … Continue reading

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Mar 29

A county has topped its 1870 population peak

To dig into the 2016 county population estimates, let’s start with the map I made last year. The pattern hasn’t changed much: Every decade, the urban counties hit a peak — except that some in northeast Iowa topped out in … Continue reading

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Mar 14

Dismounted

The state City Development Board has approved the discontinuance of the town of Mount Union, the AP reports (via DMR/Burlington Hawk Eye). The referendum on disincorporation passed by one vote last year. There are now 943 incorporated places in Iowa, down … Continue reading

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Mar 07

History of Linn County’s Seedling Mile

The Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Sunday “Time Machine” last week went into detail on the construction of the Seedling Mile for the Lincoln Highway northwest of Mount Vernon. The history shows the mile was supposed to be finished in 1918 but … Continue reading

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Mar 06

North end(s) of IA 60 finally added

July 21, 2012: New entrance of IA 60 from the Minnesota line. The exit/entrance of IA 60 at the Minnesota line after the highway was upgraded to four lanes somehow fell through the cracks and it’s only now that I … Continue reading

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