CEDAR RAPIDS — The interurban circus grounds on Sixth Street West in Cedar Rapids were used on a weekly basis in spring through fall seasons of the early 20th century, but the show scheduled to set up on May 18, 1915, was especially popular [...]continue »
CEDAR RAPIDS — “Just as little boys sometimes dream about becoming the next Pete Rose or O.J. Simpson, here in Iowa the little girls may soon be dreaming of becoming the next Molly Bolin of Sister Green,” wrote a Gazette sport [...]continue »
CEDAR RAPIDS — It began with a joke. When asked what souvenir a friend could send to him from Florida, Gazette Editor Fred Faulkes replied an alligator, “the biggest one you can find.”
When informed that a reptile was com [...]continue »
Was it haunted or not? The house, whose address was “End of Skip Level Road,” stood three miles west of Millville in Clayton County.
Bill Meyer was born on the property. He was 15 when he helped build the house that seemed to b [...]continue »
Iowa Code 523I.102 — “Pioneer cemetery” means a cemetery where there were twelve or fewer burials in the preceding fifty years.
With hundreds of tiny pioneer cemeteries in Iowa, the prospect of writing a column about the [...]continue »
The United States’ diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union and China were in tatters, the Soviet Union had tested its first atomic bomb (1949) and the development of the hydrogen bomb (1952) escalated the arms race into overdrive. The na [...]continue »
Even as the million-dollar Veterans Memorial Building was rising from the municipal island in the middle of the Cedar River, its appearance still was not finalized.
Several ideas for the huge building’s tower were under discussion an [...]continue »
Our deep red car was an unrecognizable gray. Clouds of dust rose each time we opened or closed a door. Both of us really wanted a shower, but my husband and I considered our day a success when we discovered four Eastern Iowa round barns after trav [...]continue »
Curiosity led me to William H. Lightner.
Along E Avenue NW, in the 1700 block, are two stone pillars mounted on concrete bases, alike, but on separate properties.
Strangely, on C Avenue NW, there are two more, once again in the 1700 [...]continue »
On Oct. 16, 1859, John Brown and his small band of abolitionists seized the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va.
His plan was to arm his band of raiders and recruit as many slaves and sympathizers as possible to end slavery forcibly in th [...]continue »
The Cedar Rapids School Board faced a problem finding enough classrooms for a growing student population in 1902. A committee was formed to figure out a new building site on Mount Vernon Road, because the board thought it was imperative to [...]continue »
The weather was fair and the trip to make the first air delivery of The Gazette was set.
Spread over two days, the first run to Belle Plaine, Independence and Vinton was scheduled shortly after 2:30 p.m. on July 18, 1919. Mount Vernon, Spr [...]continue »
In 1911, the American Automobile Association, organized in 1902, urged national legislation for a transcontinental highway. One of AAA’s members was Robert N. Carson of Iowa City.
Carson was the primary promoter and advocate [...]continue »
The El Kahir Shrine building committee took the first step to build a new temple in 1926 when Chairman James Blake announced that the once-opulent three-story brick house and barn sitting on the corner of A Avenue and Sixth Street NE nee [...]continue »
Clam shell gatherers were the front line in the booming pearl button business in 1897. Congress that year approved a favorable tariff law, the Dingley Act, giving American manufacturers an advantage over imports and making the business of button-m [...]continue »