Time Machine

Time Machine: Indian Isle

As a boy, McGregor native Harry I. Clark explored the forests and islands near his home. He grew up to become president of the All-Steel Welded Truck ...

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Time Machine: The last days of Quandahl

On a beautiful fall day in 1966, more than a thousand people gathered in a rural valley. Some were there to enjoy the day, some to satisfy curiosity a ...

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Time Machine: The Mittvalsky House

CEDAR RAPIDS - Frank J. Mittvalsky, a native of Czechoslovakia, came to Cedar Rapids in 1870 and opened his butcher shop at 44 S. Commercial St. He ad ...

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Time Machine: Kirkwood turns 50

Iowa's community colleges got their start with a 1961 legislative resolution, directing the Department of Public Instruction "to study and prepare a p ...

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Time Machine: Escape from behind the Iron Curtain

Czechoslovakia native Libuse "Lila" Hrdonkova met Leonard E. Cloud in 1945 when he was stationed with the U.S. Army's 8th Armored Division at Stod, ne ...

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Time Machine: The two UI residence halls that never came to be

The University of Iowa was expecting a major growth in student population in the mid-1960s. Two projects - Rienow Hall II, originally designed for 50 ...

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Time Machine: A tale of North Liberty’s two bridges

In 1957, the die was cast in favor of a new reservoir near Coralville created by damming the Iowa River. Casualties of the project were two Johnson Co ...

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Time Machine: Rock from the Civil War

In 1916, Memorial Day was commonly known as Decoration Day, which was established after the Civil War. On that day, soldiers' graves were decorated wi ...

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Time Machine: Bever Park Reservoir

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids' water system in 1920 involved pumping water from the water works plant beside the Cedar River directly into pipes for imm ...

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Time Machine: The Gideon Ford house

JONES COUNTY - Edmond Booth arrived in Jones County in 1839, long before Grant Wood was born among the rolling hills. In 1840, Booth platted the town ...

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Time Machine: Lincoln Church

LINN COUNTY - The little church stood between Palo and Covington, northwest of Cedar Rapids, near the Linn County line, but its history predated the s ...

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Time Machine: The Tokheim Co. Company provided vacuum pumps and air compressors to garages, and equipment for gas stations and dry cleaners

CEDAR RAPIDS - Agricultural implement maker Stoddard Manufacturing of Dayton, Ohio, wanted to build a distribution facility on the west side of town i ...

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Time Machine: Muscatine man was first black U.S. ambassador

MUSCATINE - Alexander Clark opened a barbershop after he arrived in Muscatine in 1842. He was 16. Born in Pennsylvania in 1826, Clark already had a t ...

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Time Machine: The Hotel Montrose

CEDAR RAPIDS - A corner lot at Third Avenue and Third Street in downtown Cedar Rapids changed hands from the Cedar Rapids National Bank to the Cedar R ...

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Time Machine: Cou Falls

JOHNSON COUNTY - Josef Coufal, a native of Bohemia, arrived in a river bottom area of the Iowa River in 1850. He was 23 when he began farming. As his ...

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