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JeffVanderLou, Mid November, 2018

I wanted to check up on JeffVanderLou, an area that straddles Grand Boulevard, and that is heavily affected by disinvestment, abandonment and demolition. There are still so many wonderful buildings left, though, such as this Romanesque–Gothic Revival hybrid church above.… Continue Reading

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From the Vault: Dyersville, Iowa

I found some more photos from the vault of my September 2011 trip to northeastern Iowa, and this time it was the town of Dyersville, with a well-preserved main street of Italianate storefronts, many with their original second story turrets… Continue Reading

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From the Vault: Independence, Iowa

Continuing with my excursus of the fascinating and beautiful towns of northeastern Iowa, I dug deep into the St. Louis Patina vaults and found some photos I took of several other towns far from any interstates in September of 2011.… Continue Reading

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Clermont, Iowa

As I came over a high hill in the rugged northeastern corner of Iowa on U.S. Route 18, I looked down into the valley below and I could have sworn I was seeing a village in Vermont. As I entered… Continue Reading

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West Union, Iowa

West Union is the county seat of Fayette County, and thus has a larger amount of large houses that you would expect in such a town. Many are well-preserved or restored, including this rare shingle-style house below. The main square… Continue Reading

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Oelwein, Iowa

Oelwein still bustles because of a heavy railroad presence, and its location at the intersection of two highways. Its downtown is perhaps a bit smaller than others, as there are extensive suburban-style businesses located over on Highway 150. Still, there… Continue Reading