Poweshiek History Preservation Project

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Photograph of the Wilford Williams family. Mr. Williams was an early pioneer of the area moving as a young boy in 1855 to a farm north of Lynnville, Iowa. Front row, left to right: Wilford Williams, Harry, Anna Graham Williams. Back row: Lillie, Charlie, and Eddie. Photo taken by Child Art Rooms in 1885. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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The John Nathaniel Norris family of Brooklyn, Iowa, circa 1888. Pictured are Samuel Corwin Norris, Elver Bernette Norris, Alsinda Mae Keysor Norris holding Flora Celia Norris, Jacob (Jake) Martin Norris, Silby Sophronia Norris, John Nathaniel Norris, Elzy Fayette Norris, Grace Deatte Norris, and Martha Lavina Norris. John Norris was a rural mail carrier in Poweshiek County, Iowa, who was blinded during the Civil War.

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Photograph of damage to the business district caused by the fire of 1889. The scene is looking NE across the railroad to the Congregational Church. Central Park is on the right. The fire started in a grain elevator next to the railroad. The wind blew NE and then East. At the center of the photo, brick buildings are still standing. Some buildings on Main and 4th also remained. Lost to the fire were the post office, the implement store on Commercial Street (a replica was built at Living History Farms), the fire department, and other businesses As a result of the fire, the City Council then set up a fire zone and forbade the use of wooden awnings. The width of Commercial Street, which varied, was also made uniform.

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Photograph of the destruction of the downtown district following the fire in June, 1889 which destroyed everything from Broad Street to Main Street and from the railroad tracks to 4th Ave. The city council allowed businesses to build shacks around the perimeter of Central Park. The area was dubbed "Oklahoma" and the shacks were there from June until December of 1889. This photograph was taken looking Southeast across the rubble to Broad Street and Central Park and shows the temporary huts built by merchants in the park. Included are the post office, bank, and other businesses.

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Fire-damaged buildings. Probably the Great Grinnell (Iowa) Fire of 1889. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Photograph taken after the Great Grinnell (Iowa) Fire of 1889, looking northeast from the railroad tracks on Main Street. Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

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Interior of the Monroe Hotel, Grinnell, Iowa in 1889 or 1899. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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View of damage after the Grinnell Fire of June 12, 1889, looking northeast from the intersection of Main Street and the Rock Island railroad tracks. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Photograph of the Robert D. Steele family, taken by Geist Photography in Montezuma, Iowa. Pictured are Robert D. Steele holding daughter, Elsie, and Laura Wilson Steele holding daughter, Blanche.

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View of the Congregational church with rubble in the foreground after the Great Grinnell Fire in 1889. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Photograph of the temporary stores built on the east side of the 800 block of Broad Street (in Central Park) after the big fire of 1889 in Grinnell, Iowa. Building labeled Post Office is in the center. June 1889. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Photograph of the temporary stores built on the east side of the 800 block of Broad Street (in Central Park) after the big fire of 1889 in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

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