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.

Looking northwest. Chicago Hall was constructed in 1883, costing approximately $20,000 excluding grading and landscaping. Razed in 1958 to provide space for construction of Burling Library. 1909 postmark. Number 936.

Looking northeast at a three-story building which opened in 1899 at a cost of $75,000. Since Creston was a division point, the depot also contained numerous railroad offices on the upper levels for the division superintendent, dispatcher, roadmaster, physician and other officials. The depot abutted the busy Creston yards, which had one of the largest roundhouses in the CB&Q system. Today, the first floor houses an art gallery, senior center, and exhibits, while the second floor is reserved for municipal use. It is located at 200 West Adams Street, Creston, Union County, Iowa. 1909 postmark. Number 13636.

Looking at front entrance of a two-story brick church building from the street. The church was erected in 1900 at a cost of $15,000 and for many years was among the largest in point of membership in the city. There is a sign posted on the front saying "Revival Meetings". 1909 postmark.

One-story wooden building with view of front entrance. 1909 postmark.

This two story brick and stone building was built in 1905. 1909 postmark. Number 9867.

Two-story wooden gazebo overlooking the Iowa River with two girls sitting on a bench. The town of Alden was incorporated in 1879. 1909 postmark. Number 4. Title supplied by cataloger.

An event with tents set up in Bronson, Iowa. M.F. Copenhaver, Blacksmith, can be seen on the roof of a building towards the left center of the photo. The town of Bronson, Iowa, was laid out by the Western Town Lot Company in 1901, and was named for Ira D. Bronson, an emigrant from Fort Scott, Kansas. 1909 postmark. Title supplied by cataloger.

Looking at the front entrance to the two-story general store selling dry goods. 1909 postmark.

Looking at the church corner of Sixth Street and Kellogg Avenue. The Congregational Church in this photo was the second church built on this site in 1900 and has been renovated several times. The church adopted the name United Church of Christ-Congregational in 1957 when the national Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian churches merged. Located at 217 6th Street, Ames, Story County, Iowa. 1909 postmark.

Mench, P.
The Country Club Flyer speedboat ride at Clear Lake, Iowa. 1909 postmark. Copyright 1909 by P. Mench

Looking southwest at two children in the foreground with the Crocker School in the background. The school was built in 1870 and demolished ca. 1962. It was named after Marcellus Monroe Crocker, a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War and prominent lawyer in Des Moines, Iowa. 1909 postmark. Number 48.

Spectators at the ball park on Picnic Day in 1909. 1909 postmark. Number 21.

Looking south at the Chicago Great Western Railroad depot in Alta Vista, Iowa, with a ticket master and farmer and milk cans waiting for the train. 1913 postmark. Number 3-1909.

Looking northwest at the Cherokee Railroad Depot which was built in 1896 at a cost of $25,000 and was used by the Illinois Central Railroad as a passenger station until May 1971 and as a freight station until January 1982, after which it was vacated by the railroad The Illinois Central Railroad Yard is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and is located at 119 South 4th Street, Cherokee, Cherokee County, Iowa. 1909 postmark.

Looking northeast at the front entrance of Drake University's Administration Building, now known as Old Main. Drake University was founded in 1881. The architectural style is High Victorian Gothic. Old Main is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located at 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. 1909 postmark.

Large two story pavilion. Once known as Joyce's Park back in 1888, Eagle Point Park is 164 acres of park land overlooking the Mississippi River. 1909 postmark.

Looking northeast on East Howard Street at a peaceful residential area in Colfax, Iowa. 1909 postmark. Number 165571.

Looking northeast on Main Street with a dentist office, a restaurant and the Commerical House from foreground to background. 1909 postmark. Number 16.

Looking southwest at a three-story Victorian Gothic commercial style building built in the 1880s and made of limestone, brick, slate roof and terra cotta. "Elliott's School of Shorthand" is located on the left side of the building facing North Fourth Street. There is a book store, "Wonder Market" and Bijou on the building facing Jefferson Street. The building was designed by architect Charles A. Dunham to be a showplace for the city. Between 1880 and 1913, a business college (Orchard City Business College, later called Elliott's Business College) occupied the second and third floors of the corner portion. Elliott's Business College was founded by George W. Elliott and was the successor to Burlington Commercial College and Burlington Business College, which operated from 1856. It is located at 401 Jefferson Street, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, and is listed in the Natonal Register of Historic Places. 1909 postmark.

Looking south at cemetery. View of dirt road and trees. In 1854, J.B. Grinnell established the cemetery with a donation or 13 acres. He is buried at the highest point on the grounds. 1909 postmark. Number 156892.