Category Archives: Maps

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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Nov 15

Accident report site has a typo

The Iowa State Patrol has a website that includes two weeks’ worth of official crash reports statewide. The site can be searched by date, type of accident, or county. There’s a map on the main page that shows how patrol … Continue reading

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Jul 11

Quietly, finally, 2017 Iowa state map released

During or shortly after the holiday weekend, the Iowa DOT put the 2017-18 highway map online. As I suspected, judging by the press release put out Monday, the ascension of Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to the top job held the … Continue reading

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Jun 01

A slight extension of this website’s coverage

Blog post 2000! With all the Iowa highway information newly available online, there’s plenty of work I can do. I’ve been doing some of that by editing the pages with the most important changes (or obvious corrections). I announced a … 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 19

Why we don’t have a 2017 map yet

The first part of the year used to herald the annual arrival of two Map Days. One, in late winter, would be the release of the full RAGBRAI map in a Des Moines Sunday Register. That appears to have been discontinued … Continue reading

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Mar 21

Analysis of 2017 RAGBRAI route

July 23, 2008: RAGBRAI riders enter the west side of Tama. FORTY YEARS after its first and only visit to Allamakee County, RAGBRAI is going to end in Lansing. From Orange City (which is new as a starter town; others … Continue reading

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Jan 23

RealClearPolitics analysis of Midwest presidential vote

Maps, stats, and charts abound in the RealClearPolitics study of how Donald Trump nearly swept the Midwest in 2016. Iowa is one of the states selected for extra study, and was picked out again in the conclusion to the RCP … Continue reading

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Jan 10

A look back at the Avoca courthouse

The Daily Nonpareil has a feature on when Pottawattamie County had two courthouses — but, depending on how you interpret the wording of an 1886 law, maybe not two de jure county seats. Pottawattamie is the second-largest county in Iowa (954 … Continue reading

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