Random photos & facts about the U.S. state of Iowa. Much of the content on this blog is also used to improve Wikimedia Foundation projects such as Wikipedia and Commons. Ran through 2009 and also featured on Twitter.
April 26th - 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!
I'm happy to introduce our summer series of posts, which will be focused around the Iowa cities located along U.S. Route 30 ! Wikimedia Commons / Fredddie Running parallel to Interstate 80 from Missouri Valley in the West to Clinton in the East, this stretch of roadway was first designated in 1926, replacing the Lincoln Highway . Major communities along the route include Cedar Rapids , Ames & Carroll . Do you have any interesting facts around or memories of U.S. Route 30? Any suggestions on cities we should visit or sights we should photograph? We would love to hear about them via the comments section below or on Twitter ! Links Detailed information on U.S. Route 30 in 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 "Frie