The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 7, 1956 · Page 23
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 23

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 7, 1956
Page 23
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February 7, 1956 A I ' . '. . • Algona and Surrounding Area As Seen From the Air ALGQNA OFFICE OF THE MAY OR IOWA of , MAYOR of The Algona Community Civic Improvements Here Total Over A Million In '55; Prospects Bright '56 When the figiu-es are added up, the construction expansion for the City of Algona in 1955 proves to be phenomenal. Within these special sections will be found a summary of basic nformation about the civic, in- ustrial and home growth in Alona during the past year. Readers will find much' in these sections about the inner- .workings of their own community which does, not usually reach the surface, information that gives a much broader picture of what makes the community "tick." Elsewhere in today's special sections in The Algona Upper Des Moines will be found a complete list of building permits and improvement permits for 1955, but even they do not tell the whole story. Commercial construction totaled $348,250 for -1955, based on building permits. ed $342,250. Public expenditures in permanent improvements accounted for another total of $319,200. Garages totaled $7,300 and sidewalks added another $4,120 bringing the total 1955 construction and improvement total to the astounding figure of $.1,124,410. In addition, remodeling for commercial buildings and dwelling repairs and remodeling added another total of $85,735. The year 1956 is also going to see a steady continuation in general civic improvement. Foremost,, perha'ps, will be completion of a city-wide asphalt street surfacing program, begun last fall following completion of a curb and gutter program. Local residents will not recognize their own streets after this most important improvement is accomplished. For home construction and Two storm sewer projects nnn improvements, the permits total- of which is now unSvay? wnU be completed in 1956. A start will be made on a school expansion program in both the public and parochial system, with new construction slated for both school systems in 1950. The Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. has already started work on its new building at the corner of South Dodge and Call streets, which will be a part of a $600,000 improvement program in the area including complete conversion to the dial system. The year 1955'was a tremendous one in civic expansion and. improvement in Algona, but the year 1956 may equal, or better the previous: year's: markj. ; '•'"•''- •;> Included within the following pages is a summary of most of the 1955 achievements with a review of many important factors m the city's industrial life. The publishers of the Algona Upper Des Moines trust you will find it interesting and informative, and worth saving for future reference. New Gateway From North The above picture needs no introduction to most of the residents of this community, but It represents a tremendous improvement in traffic facilities for this area of the state. The above photo shows the new approach to Algoiw from we north on highway 169, the new underpass at the Milwaukee railroad crossing in th» upper par* of the pic- ture and the gentle and wide curve which now carries traffic into the city proper. The intersections of highways 169 and 18 were widened and improved and Jay the foundation for ih? «veniual widening of highwly j| both east and west, which is In th» planning stage of the State Highway Commission. The widening of highway 19 ha* already been accomplished as for as Garner. When it continues on west to Algona no further improvement at this intersection will be needed. Highway 189 is a transcontinental route from Worthern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico at Galvestoq. Highway 18 is a major highway from Lake Michigan to Black Hills of South

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