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Burlington is a city in Des Moines County, Iowa, United States. The population was 26,839 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Des Moines CountyGR6. Burlington is the center of a small metropolitan area including West Burlington and Middletown, Iowa and Gulfport, Illinois. Burlington is the home of Snake Alley, the crookedest alley in the world, and has been called the Backhoe Capital of the World.

In 1837, Burlington became the second territorial capital of the Wisconsin Territory. After the Iowa Territory was organized in the following year, Burlington became its first territorial capital. The government used "Old Zion", the first Methodist Church in Iowa (located near what is now 3rd and Washington streets), to conduct business of the day. There are several businesses and famous people that originate from this city; two prominent examples are the CB&Q Railroad that evolved into the Burlington Route and the BNSF Railway, and an individual, Aldo Leopold, the well-respected naturalist.

Other notable people born in Burlington: Dr. Wallace Carothers, inventor of Nylon, William Frawley, known as Fred Mertz on the "I Love Lucy" show, Bart Howard, composer and writer of the jazz standard "Fly me to the Moon," Kurt Warner, twice named the National Football League MVP, and Jim Kelly, who piloted the space shuttle's 2005 return to flight. Nebraska Governor Kay A. Orr, the first Republican woman Governor in the United States was born in Burlington.

Burlington's roots are in transportation and manufacturing. Located on the Mississippi River, Burlington was a bustling river port in the steamboat era and home to the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Even today one of the main East-West lines of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad crosses the Mississippi at Burlington.

Burlington is the home of the Burlington Bees baseball team, a member of the Class A Midwest League. Hall of Fame baseball player Paul Molitor started his professional career with the Bees. The Bees play at Community Field, which underwent extensive renovation in 2005. Burlington is also home to a campus of Southeastern Community College.

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