Snake Alley Historic District

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Snake Alley Historic District
Snake Alley overview - Burlington Iowa.jpg
Snake Alley from Washington Street
Snake Alley Historic District is located in Iowa
Snake Alley Historic District
Snake Alley Historic District is located in the United States
Snake Alley Historic District
LocationRoughly bounded by Columbia and Washington Sts., Cobblestone Alley, and Service Dr., Burlington, Iowa
Coordinates40°48′43″N 91°06′21″W / 40.81194°N 91.10583°W / 40.81194; -91.10583Coordinates: 40°48′43″N 91°06′21″W / 40.81194°N 91.10583°W / 40.81194; -91.10583
Area10 acres (4.0 ha)
Part ofHeritage Hill Historic District (#82000406)
NRHP reference #75000683[1]
Added to NRHPMay 21, 1975

The Snake Alley Historic District is a nationally recognized historic district located in Burlington, Iowa, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and it was included in the Heritage Hill Historic District that surrounds it, in 1982. The historic district is largely a residential area that includes ten contributing properties.[2] It is centered on Snake Alley, a 275-foot (84 m) brick roadway built in 1894 that rises 58.3 feet (18 m) from Washington Street to Columbia Street.[2] The alley receives its name from the five half curves and two quarter curves that climb the hill. Cobblestone Alley is the eastern boundary of the district. It is a very steep roadway composed of large, limestone blocks. Six houses, built between 1845 and about 1880, surround Snake Alley. Schwartz' Auto Electric Service building and the First United Church of Christ complex round out the contributing buildings.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Steve R. and Kathleen L. Brower. "Snake Alley Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-12-04. with photos