Time Machine

Time Machine: The Ideal Theatre

CEDAR RAPIDS - Frank Smid's new theater opened in 1914 with something few theaters ever had.

Two fresco artists from St. Louis were hired to ... »

Time Machine: See Der Rabbits!

CEDAR RAPIDS - The first Cedar Rapids carnival opened Oct. 13, 1897.

It was the brainchild of Napoleon F. Franchere. Plans began a short thr ... »

Time Machine: Big Springs School

CEDAR RAPIDS - In the 1880s, the Big Springs School, a one-room school house, stood about four miles north of Cedar Rapids on Iowa Highway 11 (Cent ... »

Time Machine: ‘Little Muddy’

I got it wrong.

An email from an observant reader, Galen Wenger, commented on the Oct. 18 Time Machine on the 1892 Federal Building: "The a ... »

Time Machine: A beloved Elkader nurse

ELKADER - Elkader nurse Louise Liers had driven her 1930 Model A more than 198,000 miles in 1949.

The 60-year-old obstetric and child care n ... »

Time Machine: The Federal Building

CEDAR RAPIDS - A letter from Secretary of the Treasury William Windom, published in The Evening Gazette on Oct. 18, 1890, asked for suggested sites ... »

Time Machine: The Vardy House

CEDAR RAPIDS - John Vardy, born in Virginia in 1800, came to Iowa in 1841 after spending five years in Indiana. When he reached the banks of the Ce ... »

Time Machine: Sheftic’s Boat House

CEDAR RAPIDS - Edward Sheftic, who was born Jan. 31, 1877 in the first house north of the NorthWestern railroad bridge, lived most of his life with ... »

Time Machine: Carl Van Vechten

#x201c;I am determined never again to visit that unloved town,#x201d; Carl Van Vechten once said of his hometown of Cedar Rapids.

His disdai ... »

Time Machine: Greene’s Opera House

CEDAR RAPIDS - Judge George Greene was one of Cedar Rapids' founders, an Iowa legislator and Iowa Supreme Court justice as well as an astute busine ... »

Time Machine: The ‘Black Block’

CEDAR RAPIDS - The four-story Washington High School opened in August 1891, replacing its much smaller predecessor. It stood where the Cedar Rapids ... »

Time Machine: The Blair House

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Blair House in Washington, D.C., was built in 1824 as a private home. The Blair House that served as city hall in Washington, Io ... »

Time Machine: Allamakee County’s Iron Hill

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Mayor John M. Redmond visited the new iron fields in Allamakee County, a few miles north of Waukon, in December 1900, t ... »

Time Machine: The parking meter

CEDAR RAPIDS - The first parking meter, the Magee-Hale Park-O-Meter No. 1 was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935.

Carlton Cole Magee ... »

Time Machine: Shellsburg’s Sells Street Bridge

BENTON COUNTY - The historic bridge at Shellsburg's front door is showing its age. The balustrades on the approaches are crumbling and some of the ... »