Sunday, September 6, 2009

August 16th - Nevada, Iowa

While summer may now be officially over (especially weather-wise) we still have one more installment in our series documenting some of the cities along U.S. Route 30 in Iowa.

Our last destination is Nevada, Iowa! Like its central Iowa counterpart Madrid, which we also visited back in March, the pronunciation of Nevada is different from that of the well-known Western U.S. state. The county seat of Story County with almost 6,700 residents, Nevada proudly identifies itself as the "26th best small town in America"!

9 shots were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, with two added to the updated article on Wikipedia. Here are a couple of my favorites:







Links
Nevada, Iowa pictures on Wikimedia Commons
Updated Nevada, Iowa article on Wikipedia
City of Nevada official website

August 2nd - Brooklyn, Iowa

After indicating back in May that this city was on our list, we finally made it last month to Brooklyn, Iowa! Fortunately on the day of our visit it was very windy, which helped show off this "Community of Flags". In addition to the central display of flags from all 50 states there are also flags from other nations throughout the downtown area.

I discovered two (of I am sure many) interesting stories about Brooklyn while researching for this post. Firstly, that the community (again, of about 1,400) raised $52,000 in one month to save the William Manatt house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Secondly,, that the editor of The Brooklyn Paper spent a week in the city covering the Iowa Presidential caucuses.

9 shots were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, with two added to the updated article on Wikipedia. Here are a couple of my favorites:







Links
Brooklyn, Iowa pictures on Wikimedia Commons
Updated Brooklyn, Iowa article on Wikipedia
"Friendly Brooklyn knows how to get things done - The Gazette / iowa.com

Thursday, September 3, 2009

July 12th - Lowden, Iowa

Has it really been this long since we've posted? Where did the summer go? Apologies to our loyal readers!

The fourth stop on our U.S. Route 30 tour was the city of Lowden, Iowa! Incorporated in 1869 and yet another city of around 800 residents, Lowden showed evidence of a prosperous past and present with an impressive & well kept City Hall (built in 1902), a restored train depot, and even a disc golf course!

4 shots were uploaded to Wikmedia Commons, with two added to the updated article on Wikipedia. Here are a couple of my favorites:





Links
Lowden, Iowa pictures on Wikimedia Commons
Updated Lowden, Iowa article on Wikipedia