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24 Vintage Photographs of Abe Lincoln Being Awesome

Abraham Lincoln’s personal secretary John Nicolay believed that no photograph could capture Honest Abe’s essence: “There are many pictures of Lincoln,” he said, “[but] there is no portrait of him.” Over 130 photographs of Lincoln exist—here are a few you may not have crossed before. This daguerreotype, taken around 1846, is the earliest known photo [...]

10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn. Here’s a handy 10-pack of facts to give the holiday some perspective. 1. It started with the Civil War Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers on both [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Movies Shot on Location

There’s a movie filming in town right now – it’s called Smitty and stars Mira Sorvino and Peter Fonda. I’m sure you Manhattanites and Los Angeleans are quite unimpressed, but it’s pretty unusual here in Des Moines. But not as unusual as it used to be – a couple of years ago Iowa approved legislation [...]

Mobile Wedding Chapel

If a shotgun wedding isn’t fast enough for ya, you can get married in the world’s fastest church: a mobile wedding chapel (converted from a firetruck) owned by Rev. Darrell Best. His 1942 firetruck is by no means a Ferrari, but it is equipped as a fully functioning chapel. “I’ve had it up to 55 mph,” Best [...]