Saturday, February 28, 2009

March 15th - Truro, Iowa

Our destination for this week is Truro, Iowa! Located south-west of Des Moines, this city of around 450 (as of 2000) shares it's name with the administrative headquarters and only city in Cornwall, United Kingdom, along with other locations in Canada and Australia.


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View of Truro Cathedral. Source: Commons / taichi_UK

What sights do you think we should look to document in Truro? Have your own interesting shots of this place? Feel free to share them via the comments section below!

Links
Wikipedia article for Truro, Iowa (as it stands today)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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!

Monday, February 16, 2009

February 15th - Melbourne, Iowa

On another sunny Sunday afternoon in Iowa we completed our latest trip, spending an hour or so driving around Melbourne, Iowa. At first we were concerned that it the necessary angles plus the position of the sun would make it difficult to get our usual pictures, but with a little investigation found places to shoot from. The Post Office was as neat as it looked on Google Street View, and we also found a nice war memorial along Main Street.

7 shots were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, with 3 added to the updated article on Wikipedia. Here are a couple of my favourites:







As an added bonus, we were also able to eliminate one more Iowa article from the list of those needing photos with a quick trip to the Ashton Observatory, located within Ashton-Wildwood Park along Highway 330.



Links
Melbourne, Iowa pictures on Wikimedia Commons
Updated Melbourne, Iowa article on Wikipedia
Updated Ashton Observatory article on Wikipedia

Saturday, February 14, 2009

February 15th - Melbourne, Iowa

Our destination for this week is Melbourne, Iowa! Located in the centre of the state and north-east of Des Moines, this city of around 800 (as of 2000) shares its name with the second most populous city in Australia, along with other locations in the United Kingdom and around the United States.


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Melbourne (Australia) Business Center. Source: Commons / Donaldytong

A quick tour on Google Street View showed a neat Post Office on Main Street, and I'm interested to see what else we find as we drive around!

What sights do you think we should look to document in Melbourne? Have your own interesting shots of this place? Feel free to share them via the comments section below!

Links
Wikipedia article for Melbourne, Iowa (as it stands today)

Monday, February 9, 2009

February 8th - Cambridge, Iowa

An earlier than usual start this Sunday necessitated a stop for coffee before heading off to Cambridge, this week's destination. As with all of our previous destinations we were not disappointed by what we found there! Even though we have only been working on this project for just over a month I have been impressed by and have a greater appreciation for the strength, vibrancy and character demonstrated by smaller communities in Iowa, especially in this era of urbanization.

Thanks are due to the Cambridge Historical Association, not only for providing suggestions on photos to take (both the mural and memorial were fantastic and hopefully we did them justice with our shots) but for also mentioning us in their latest blog post!

10 shots were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, with 3 added to the updated article on Wikipedia. Here are a couple of my favourites:







Links
Cambridge, Iowa pictures on Wikimedia Commons
Updated Cambridge, Iowa article on Wikipedia
Cambridge Historical Association post on our trip

Saturday, February 7, 2009

February 8th - Cambridge, Iowa

Our destination this week is Cambridge, Iowa! This city of around 819 (as of 2000) was established in 1856 and shares its name with two famous college towns; Cambridge in England with the second oldest University in the English speaking world, and Cambridge, Massachusetts which is home to Harvard and MIT. While the Iowa version of Cambridge cannot claim to have it's own college it is only a few miles away from Ames, home to Iowa State University.

If I was really reaching for a reason to visit I could also say that Cambridge is the name of a song by one of my favourite bands, Motion City Soundtrack. But I'm not so I won't :-).


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What sights do you think we should look to document in Cambridge? Have your own interesting shots of this place? Feel free to share them via the comments section below!

Links
City of Cambridge, Iowa website
Wikipedia article for Cambridge, Iowa (as it stands today)

January 10th - Des Moines, Iowa

Last month my wife and I were driving through downtown Des Moines and she was able to get a few good shots of the city, three of which were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons and are presented here for your viewing pleasure!





Sunday, February 1, 2009

February 1st - Taking A Break

While it would have been interesting to head to Clear Lake this weekend and capture the city as it prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "The Day the Music Died", we have decided to take a break in order to recharge batteries, prepare for the week ahead and plan our next trip (and not, as you might have been thinking, to watch a certain sporting event). In the meantime there will be a post featuring Iowa pictures taken pre-blog that I hope you enjoy.

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Wikimedia Commons / Dennis Fernkes


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