Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Burlington's Chained Time Portal

Next to Burlington Iowa's famous Snake Alley on the 600 block of Washington Street is a stone paved alley preserved from another time. This alley like its famous brick neighbor connects a residential street to a portion of the business district. A locked chain strung between two posts at the bottom of the alley limits access unless the key is obtained from the police. The alley is certainly accessible to pedestrians and cyclists who can maneuver around the chain. But cars and horse drawn carriages will encounter more difficult egress unless the chain is removed. When checking out Snake Alley be sure to venture eastward about 200 feet towards the river to discover this protected portal to Burlington's past.


  1. Those cobble stones look like the stones that line the street in Sweden when we were there last Spring.. Very hard to walk on with bad knees.
    I don't think I have ever been to Burlington, Ia. Someady I'll have to come and check this snake street out..
    Thanks for visiting my blog.. Sun is shining here in Iowa.. getting chilly ~ but it's suppose to.. ta ta for now from Springville....:)

  2. That is really cool! I'd love to see it.