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.