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Tama and Toledo, Iowa

Posted by graywacke on January 11, 2016

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landin above.

Landing number 2239; A Landing A Day blog post number 667.

Dan:  Once again (actually for the third time in a row), I’ve landed in a state that makes my Score go up.  This time it’s . . . IA.  Haven’t a clue what I’m talking about?  Search for and check out my Grand Rapids post.  Don’t care?   Just read on . . .

Here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

And my local landing map:

landing 2

As you can see, I landed right next to the Iowa R (11th hit), which, as shown below, does not pass Go, does not collect $200, but goes directly to the MM (877th hit).

landing 3

It’s time for my Google Earth (GE) space flight in to central Iowa.  Click HERE, enjoy the trip, and then click your back button.

GE Street View coverage of my landing isn’t great.  Although I’m not far away, there are all of these pesky trees blocking the view.  Here’s where I put the orange dude:

ge sv landing map

I figured the end of the driveway would add slight interest to the view (and this is where you’d enter if you were trying to get to my landing):

ge sv landing

You probably noticed that there’s a bridge over the Iowa River just upstream from my landing; so of course the orange dude trekked a little bit west along the highway:

ge sv iowa r map

And he looked upstream:

ge sv iowa r

As is my wont, one of the early steps in my landing process is to check out the GE Panoramio photos, not only to see if there are some pretty pictures, but also to see if something of interest pops up.  Well, here’s what I saw when I put my cursor over one of the photo icons on the east side of Tama:

ge map lh bridge

And here’s the photo (by PolarisFinder):

pano polarisfinder linc hiway

Wow.  Cool bridge, and it was built in 1915!  Great job by a talented mason!

Regular (and long-time) readers of this blog know that I’ve landed near the Lincoln Highway numerous times and featured it in a couple of posts.  (I just searched for Lincoln Highway within my posts and got nine hits).

The first time I ran across the highway was my December 29, 2008 Dugway Utah post.  Here’s what Wiki had to say in 2008 about the highway:

The Lincoln Highway was the first road across the United States of America.   The Lincoln Highway originally spanned coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco through 13 states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.

Conceived in 1912 and formally dedicated October 31, 1913, the Lincoln Highway was America’s first major memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, predating the 1922 dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. by 9 years. As the first automobile road across America, the Lincoln Highway brought great prosperity to the hundreds of cities, towns and villages along the way. Affectionately, the Lincoln Highway became known as “The Main Street Across America”.

I also included this map:


And this: 

This shows a part of the original Lincoln Highway west of Dugway (in 1913).  Tough place to get a flat or run out of gas . . .


Of special interest (at least to me) is that Route 27 in New Jersey is part of the original Lincoln Highway (and also follows the colonial route between New York and Philadelphia, traversed numerous times by George Washington and his army).  It’s of special recent interest to me because for the last three or so months (and for the next six or so months), I’m commuting from my home in Central Jersey up to Newark (where our company is cleaning up the soil under an old abandoned chemical plant – mostly by digging it up and hauling it off to a landfill). 

Anyway, every day on my way home, I drive on a five or six mile stretch of Route 27 south of New Brunswick, and think thoughts like “George sure wouldn’t recognize this road today . . .”

Before leaving the Lincoln Highway, I’ll return to the orange dude on the bridge over the Iowa River.  If he looks downstream, he gets to see this:

ge sv iowa r old bridge

Note!  As mentioned in a comment on this post, the above Street View shot is incorrectly labeled!  The pillars are from a former Milwaukee railroad bridge, and the bridge the Orange Dude is on is actually the old Lincoln Highway bridge (although obviously refurbished.)

Besides the cool bridge and the Lincoln Highway connection, I couldn’t find anything of particular interest about Tama.  From Wiki, this about the name:

Tama is named for Taimah, the 19th century Meskwaki leader and Tama is located a few miles from the Meskwaki Settlement, Iowa’s only significant Native American community.

Moving on to the Toledo (which was named for Toledo OH).  I found this in Wiki under “Notable People:”

Norma ‘Duffy’ Lyon (1929–2011), sculptor nicknamed the “Butter Cow Lady”

Of course, she has her own Wiki entry:

Norma Duffield “Duffy” Lyon (1929 – 2011) was an American farmer and artist nicknamed The Butter Cow Lady. She was known for creating elaborate butter sculptures of cows at the Iowa State Fair from 1960 until 2006, when she retired.  She also created sculptures for other state fairs, as well as commissioned works for celebrities and politicians.

Here’s an Iowa Public Television piece on Duffy from 1993 (highly recommended viewing):

A couple of interesting Butter Cow Lady media factoids from Wiki:

Lyon appeared on To Tell the Truth in 1963, and was correctly identified as the Butter Cow Lady by the panelists.  She later appeared on Late Night with David Letterman with a cow carved from cheese.

I’ll close with a couple of GE Pano shots by PolarisFinder (the Lincoln Highway Bridge photographer).  First, this shot of a sculpture in Toledo:

pano polarisfinder2

PolarisFinder stepped back and snapped this shot:

pano polarisfinder3

That’ll do it . . .




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