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Old 01-22-2013, 07:35 AM
 
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One day in 1910, Iowans from Davenport to Council Bluffs went out, picked up shovels, picks, and King Drags, and built a 380 mile road.

In one day.

Iowa's River to River Road | Hemmings Motor News
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:32 AM
 
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And your point is...
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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And your point is...

If you want them to come, you have to build it?
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:45 PM
 
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Was it HWY 380?
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:44 PM
 
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Today, what became Iowa Routes 6 and 7, and later U.S. 32, is largely beneath Interstate 80, but many sections, especially west of Iowa City, still travel through the center of the towns that built it in a day, over a century ago.
I didn't think I needed a point. You must see 400 mile roads built every day. Personally, I'm still waiting on the fix for a 4 block stretch they started last June.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:21 PM
 
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I'm waiting for Hwy35 to develop north West Des Moines exit 70. They've done a lot of work, but I have yet to see what will become of it...
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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Great story. Shows how when people work together we can accomplish a lot. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I enjoyed that story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:21 AM
 
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I enjoyed that story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Marina del Rey, CA
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Default Hard to believe the math

According to the article, 10000 men worked on the 380mile road, and finished in one hour! If you do the math, that comes out to around 26 men per mile, and that's about one man every 200 feet! I wasn't around when this event allegedly occured, but, if true, then that really was an amazing feat of labor. Personally, I wonder if there's not a bit of embellishment.
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