Category Archives: Maps

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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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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Aug 17

County color conundrum

Charting counties chronologically comes with a catch: Now what?

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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 06

West Des Moines adds quadrants, sort of

Jason Hancock noticed that an exit on the IA 5 bypass in West Des Moines is now Southeast 35th Street instead of just 35th Street. (For a short time after the bypass opened, it had a Polk County designation instead. … 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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