Time Machine

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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Time Machine: Johnson County Courthouse

JOHNSON COUNTY - The stately Johnson County Courthouse will reach its 115th anniversary this year, but it wasn't the county's first.The first two cour ...

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Time Machine: The Iowa Theater

CEDAR RAPIDS - Calvin Bard of Benton Harbor, Mich., was a veteran of the motion picture business. He had a dream of building a theater with excellent ...

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Time Machine: The Sunshine Mission

CEDAR RAPIDS - There is now a parking lot at 225 First St. SE in Cedar Rapids, the first home of the Sunshine Mission, founded by Francis K. Ward in 1 ...

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Time Machine: Remember Frank Kouba’s band?

Frank Kouba had lived in Iowa City for about five years when he decided in 1872 to move north to a village of a couple hundred people. He was standing ...

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Time Machine: The year Christmas was dimmed in Eastern Iowa

Christmas in 1973 in Eastern Iowa was much less twinkly than usual. The reason for that could be traced to Oct. 6 and the Yom Kippur War. In an effort ...

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