Category Archives: Sequences

Feb 23

Photo 33,000

In my Big South Trip, I visited three state capitols — in Jackson, Baton Rouge, and Montgomery. Louisiana’s state capitol building, a Depression-era Art Deco skyscraper, is deeply entwined with the history of one of its most colorful politicians, Huey … Continue reading

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Jan 25

Photo 32,000

Finding my 32,000th photo was more complicated than it should have been. It turns out that I accidentally mis-set the time on the camera (yes, you youths, there was such as thing as “manually setting date and time”) and so … Continue reading

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Nov 29

Photo 31,000

April 30, 2016: This trompe l’oeil mural on the side of a building in downtown Bussey illustrates the history of the town and prominent buildings. A larger version of the photo can be seen here. Bussey, in Marion County, was … Continue reading

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Jun 16

Bonus: E is for Elma

August 4, 2015: Some of the windows at Elma Elementary aren’t “windows” at all; they have classical artwork and inspirational quotes on them (detailed below). A decade ago, the Howard-Winneshiek school district was the second-largest in the state by area … Continue reading

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Apr 12

E is for Eldora

July 21, 2015: A lone RAGBRAI tent is pitched on the west side of the original Eldora school building. Every window on this side was blown out in a hailstorm Aug. 9, 2009. Open photo in new window/tab for larger … Continue reading

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Jan 26

F is for Fenton

June 19, 2015 The Fenton school building is along Iowa Highway 15 on the east side of town. The main building is in deeply disused condition, but a new(ish) roof covers the gym. Sentral School, two miles east at the … Continue reading

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Jan 11

G is for Gladbrook

July 7, 2015: The former Gladbrook-Reinbeck Middle School was the Gladbrook High School before 1988. The Gladbrook school is another recent addition to the list of closed schools in Iowa. This closure in 2015 triggered something that had never happened … Continue reading

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Dec 30

The Final Countdown: 1. Klemme

October 4, 2016: The sign on US 69 at old IA 179, Main Street into Klemme. County Road B55 is a quarter-mile north. Compared to nearly all the rest of my final 50 towns or so, Klemme’s population of 507 … Continue reading

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Dec 28

The Final Countdown: 2. Curlew

October 3, 2016: The Curlew Cannon ranks up with the Coin Overpass in my observations of Iowans’ modest humor. You can see the regularity of railroad stops along the diagonal from the junction west of Fort Dodge: Clare, Pioneer, Gilmore … Continue reading

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Dec 27

The Final Countdown: 3. Greenville

October 3, 2016: The remnants of a baseball diamond on the east end of Greenville, possibly just south of where the school was. I just missed Greenville, pop. 74, on my spring break 2003 trip, the one that I have … Continue reading

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