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Historic Iowa Postcards

Grinnell College Libraries' Historic Iowa Postcard Collection. A collection of postcards from 1900 through the middle of the 20th century, covering all parts of Iowa.

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Fifteen firemen and one Dalmatian in front of and on the fire equipment, pulled by two horses with the Appanoose County Court House in the background.

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Sponsored by the Northwest German Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the German-English College was built in 1892. The name of the college was changed to Charles City College in 1894. The Administration Building was torn down during the Depression. The college was open until 1914 when it merged with Morningside College in Sioux City.

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Looking northeast at one of the largest roundhouses in the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy system. The Creston railroad yards were built in 1871. The old machine shop building was destroyed by a tornado in 1946, and the remainder of the roundhouse burned down in 1981. Number 3872.

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Funded by Andrew Carnegie for $45,000, the Clinton Free Library was constructed in 1904 by architects Patton and Miller, Chicago. The building is located at 306 8th Avenue South, Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 1905 postmark.

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The Lucas County Home was built in 1904 and torn down in 1986. County homes or poorhouses were tax-supported residential institutions to which people were required to go if they could not support themselves.

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Locomotive sitting at the Chelsea Depot with passengers milling around. Grain elevator in background. The Northwestern Railroad leased the Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska Railroad in 1869. A.A. McChesney was the first station agent when the railroad was built and James Hanify the first section boss.

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Doctors Alice Turner and Lewis Turner were the proprietors of the sanitarium "where one is taught to get well by natural methods." The Rest Home had a spring on the property and was a convenient three blocks from the depot. In 1911, the Rest Home was sold to Dr. C. M. Porter and was operated in conjunction with the Porter Brother's General Hospital. The Rest Home was destroyed by fire in February 1928. Number 9700.

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From left to right: Chapin Post Office, a meat market with a sign for Edison Records and dry goods store with sign selling shoes, rugs, suits, coats, etc., "Must be sold regardless of price within 30 days. You will find some real bargains". Chapin was platted in 1858 by Josiah Bushnell Grinnell, who had previously founded Grinnell, Iowa. Josiah Bushnell Grinnell gave this new town the name Chapin, the maiden name of his wife. A post office was established in 1860 with H.H. Grinnell as the postmaster.

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Looking northeast. Goodnow Hall was constructed in 1885, costing $15,700 excluding telescope ($2,125) and book stacks. Originally served as college library and astronomical observatory. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Number 1226.

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Looking north. The men's gymnasium was constructed in 1899 and razed in 1972, costing $20,180. It served as men

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Looking east at the Iowa State Capitol building which was completed in 1886 at a cost of $3,296,256, and, and at the time, was the only five-domed capitol in the country. The Weidenmann Project's Centennial Fountain in the foreground was designed by architect John Weidenmann of New York City and completed in 1892. The capitol building is located at 1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1905 postmark. Number 5.

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Pencil sketch of the three-story brick and stone high school building. The Romanesque building was built in 1855 and burned down in 1912. It was located at 800 Second Avenue North, Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Number 8.

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Looking northeast. 1905 postmark. Number 130.

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Looking northeast. Mears Cottage was constructed in 1888, costing $14,719. Originally served as a ladies dormitory. Number 1225.

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The Cedar Rapids Public Library was built in 1905 with a gift of $75,000 from Andrew Carnegie. Listed in the National Register of Historical Places. 1905 postmark.

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Built in 1891 with a wooden deck, the Lyons Bridge spanned the Mississippi from Clinton (then Lyons), Iowa to Fulton, Illinois. It was replaced in 1933 with a metal grate (Lincoln Highway Bridge).

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A part of South side of Main Street.--t.p. verso. A dentist office is in the middle of the block and the grain elevator located at the end of the street. 1905 postmark.

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Looking west from the Main Street business district in Cherokee, Iowa. Sign with Gust Hokanson, Merchant Tailor, on the left.

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Normal College was originally founded as a private school called the Hazel Dell Academy by Professor Darius Thomas in 1856. In 1893, the school was sold to Professor G.W. Wormley who moved it to a new location and named it the Newton Normal College. Business and teaching classes were taught there until its closing in 1906.

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The first skyscraper in Iowa stood was on Locust Street reported at a height of 197 feet and heralded as "the tallest office building between Chicago and San Francisco" when it opened in 1896. It included a distinctive five-story observation tower and provided electricity and gas lighting to all tenants. The building was eventually demolished in1937, and this location is now occupied by Capital Square Mall. 1905 postmark. Number 105.

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