On a lighter note, today is The First Annual National Train Day. While this event isn't exceptionally exciting in and of itself, riding the train is one of my favorite things to do and the most environmentally-friendly option when compared to driving or flying.
Sadly, there is no Amtrak station in Iowa City despite the fact that Iowa City was once "the westernmost terminus for rail travel" in the United States. In the mid-1850s that is, according to the modest commemorative plaque (above) on the bridge over the existing commercial lines near DeLuxe on Summit Street.
Amtrak has been studying the feasibility of restoring service to Chicago and released a new report in April, but I'm thinking that we'll have long since moved out of state before this particular ribbon cutting.