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"SNAKE ALLEY," where the Art Guild's exhibit attracted a steady stream of spectators such as these, looks like something out of an Old World guidebook. It is not an alley at all, but a steep block of Sixth Street between Washington and Columbia in downtown Burlington. An early Burlington city engineer, William Steyn, laid out its unusual and precisely curved, pattern. Modern engineers consider it a remarkable feat of surveying, planning and grading. The original brick and curb work is still virtually intact. The bricks are set on their sides and the curbs are of stone, and all are of a craftsmanship rarely seen in today's street work. Cost of the construction, back in 1894, was $1,726,72. The contractor was George Kreichbaum, whose bid wa^',60 cents a lineal foot for the curb and $1.53 per square yard for the paving. It is a one-way street today—downhill—but-even so, driving down it is considered too much of a thrill for many Burlington residents. One businessman jogs down it every day to work. (Continued on page 10) DES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER-^JULY 27, IHf—PAGE f .