52 weeks with Carolyn

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Week 1 #7 Bent Or Twisted


I am off and running for my third year of the 52 Week Photography Challenge.  Week 1 finds me in Burlington, Iowa.  One of Burlington’s famous sights is Snake Alley found near downtown.  Now, I am sure everyone has heard of Snake Alley or Lombard Street in San Francisco but, unless you live or have lived near Burlington you may not be aware of its existence or the history around its construction.

In 1894 the alley was constructed after three men of German ancestry provided the city with the idea to use similar designs found in Germany.  The alley was built at a 16% grade and has 7 twisting curves.  Snake Alley in San Francisco was built in 1922, has a 18% grade and 8 twisting curves.  It may be more famous and visited yearly by thousands of people, Burlington, Iowa has the oldest Snake Alley in the United States.



Author: CarolynEliason

I have always enjoyed photography, but with encouragemet from family and friends over the past several years I began to realize I really love it! Belonging to this blog and a local digital photo group has challenged me to look at the beauty of the world and to enjoy capturing it with my camera.

11 thoughts on “Week 1 #7 Bent Or Twisted

  1. Interesting Carolyn and nice photo too. Thanks for the history. Enjoy your trip.

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  2. Very interesting. I have not been to Burlington, IA. and did not know this existed. Very nice

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  3. Perfect photo for the caption!

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  4. So interesting! – I too have not heard of it before.

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  5. Thats a good one Carolyn. Fits the theme perfectly.

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  6. Wow!! Thank you for the history.

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  7. Wow! You are off to a great start! Nice pic — but never heard of “Snake Alley” — besides — isn’t Iowa mostly flat? That must be just a stereotype —

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  8. I have gone down the one in San Francisco and now I have to visit Iowa to go down Snake Alley. Beautiful shot!

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  9. I guess the Lombard Street of Iowa. Nice capture. Gary

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  10. Great start. Sorry I have taken so long to reply. Settling into it again. Thank you for the background too.

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  11. Great photo of a very pretty street, Carolyn.

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