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Burlington in Des Moines County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Snake Alley

 
 
Snake Alley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2021
1. Snake Alley Marker
Inscription.  
Built in 1894, Burlington, Iowa’s
Snake Alley
is unbelievably crooked —
boasting five half-curves
and two quarter-curves that
span 275 feet!

The street rises over
58.3 feet at a 21% grade
and has
1100 degrees of turns!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®
Celebrating the strange, unique
and unexpected for over 100 years.
Ripleys.com/OddSpots


 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Believe It or Not series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1894.
 
Location. 40° 48.695′ N, 91° 6.349′ W. Marker is in Burlington, Iowa, in Des Moines County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and North 6th Street, on the right when traveling west on Washington Street. Marker is located beside the sidewalk at the Snake Alley exit/bottom. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington IA 52601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henderson County Covered Bridge (approx. 10 miles away in Illinois); Norma Jean Elephant
Snake Alley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2021
2. Snake Alley Marker
(looking north/uphill from Washington Street at North 6th Avenue)
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(approx. 12 miles away in Illinois); Lincoln Spoke Here (approx. 12˝ miles away in Illinois); Politics and Lincoln (approx. 12˝ miles away in Illinois); Yellow Spring Township Civil War Monument (approx. 13.7 miles away); Des Moines County Freedom Rock Features (approx. 13.9 miles away); Old Fort Madison (approx. 16.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Snake Alley. Contributing property in Burlington's Snake Alley Historic District, NRHP #75000683, and Heritage Hill Historic District, NRHP #82000406.
 
Also see . . .
1. “Snake Alley,” in Burlington, Iowa. (A short professional video presentation on Snake Alley.) Here, at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! we are officially calling Snake Alley one of the most unbelievable, curious spots in America! (Submitted on June 26, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Snake Alley (Wikipedia). The physical limitations and steep elevation of Heritage Hill inspired the construction of Snake Alley in 1894. It was intended to link the downtown business district and the neighborhood shopping area located on North Sixth Street, of which Snake Alley is a one-block section. Three German
Snake Alley Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2021
3. Snake Alley Entrance
(looking south from Columbia Street at North 6th Avenue)
immigrants conceived and carried out the idea of a winding hillside street, similar to vineyard paths in France and Germany: Charles Starker, an architect and landscape engineer; William Steyh, the city engineer; and George Kriechbaum, a paving contractor. (Submitted on June 26, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Snake Alley Top image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2021
4. Snake Alley Top
(looking south/downhill from top of Snake Alley • North 6th Avenue continues in the background)
Snake Alley Middle image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2021
5. Snake Alley Middle
(there are five extreme curves through the middle of Snake Alley)
Snake Alley Bottom image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2021
6. Snake Alley Bottom
(looking north/uphill from bottom of Snake Alley)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 26, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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