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February 22nd - No Updates
A quick programming note, there will be no updates this weekend. Thanks for your understanding and we look forward to taking you to more random Iowa places in the near future!
Well hopefully better late than never, here is the report and photos from our trip to Ankeny! Unfortunately both time and the weather were against us, but we both had a great time driving around town for a couple of hours in the afternoon taking pictures. We ended up with 13 usable shots from about 150 taken, and these have now been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons . In turn, 5 have been added to the Ankeny article on Wikipedia . Below are a couple of my favourites. Look for some hints on our next destination later in the week!
Without the usual mystery due to it being Saturday already, here are our destinations for this week! First up is Preston, Iowa . Established in 1870, Incorporated in 1890 and with a current population of almost 1,000, this city features in not one or two but four of our themes for this journey! * Preston is the name of several towns and cities in the UK, including the most well known in Lancashire * The United States has 13 other Preston's located in 12 states * There are also Preston's in Canada and Australia; and * Preston, Idaho was the location and setting for the film Napoleon Dynamite With nothing specific identified so far we will be going in expecting big things from this city of many themes! Source: Wikipedia. Author:Seanyb123 What sights do you think we should look to document in Preston? Have your own interesting shots of this place? Feel free to share them via the comments section below! Links City of Preston, Iowa website Wikipedia article for Preston,
The third stop on our trip along U.S. Route 30 was Wheatland, Iowa! Another smaller city (800 inhabitants as of 2000), it was certainly not quiet the evening we arrived, including an ice cream parlor off downtown that was particularly popular. Wheatland is also home to an old city hotel which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places . Unfortunately it currently appears to be in a state of disrepair, but certainly made for some interesting photos! 5 shots were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, with one added to the updated article on Wikipedia (one other photograph was already present). Here are a couple of my favorites: And here are a couple of the more artistic shots taken of the Wheatland City Hotel Links Wheatland, Iowa pictures on Wikimedia Commons Updated Wheatland, Iowa article on Wikipedia