Burlington's Snake Alley named Ripley's 'Odd Spot'


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Ripley’s Believe It or Not company recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with its archival project listing 100 unusual “Odd Spots”– Ripley’s Guide to the Curious Corners of America.

The first “Odd Spot” dedication on the list was at Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa. The location is known for its unusual crooked street, according to a press release. The famous Snake Alley landmark was constructed in 1894 as an experimental street design. It was inspired by vinyard paths in France and Germany.

“The uniqueness of this street makes it the perfect place for our very first Ripley’s ‘Odd Spot,’” Edward Meyer, vice president of Exhibits & Archives for Ripley’s, said in a press release. “We are looking for locations that have a cultural and historical significance to the town and state, and Snake Alley is an ideal location—a perfect match, odd and usual, and a must see if you are in the area.”

Each “Odd Spot” listed by Ripley’s will be given a bronze plaque, and the mayor's office will receive a commemorative framed cartoon.

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