Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Snake Alley -- Burlington, Iowa

"Ripley's Believe It or Not!" labeled Snake Alley "The Crookedest Street in the World" The Alley, which drops 58 feet, had both practical and aesthetic purposes. German immigrants in 1894 built it so horse-drawn carriages could get downtown without going down the steep inclines of other streets.

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Anonymous said...

The Saturday of each Memorial Day weekend Snake Alley is the site of a bicycle criterium. Bicyclists of varying skills ride up the alley, down the steep hils and through downtown for several laps. It's quite an event.

Then on each Father's Day, the alley is home to a pretty good art fair that runs in conjunction with a week-long music festival along the Mississippi River.

anne frasier said...

i love the snake alley art fair!!