Historic Iowa Postcards

Highland Park College, Des Moines, Iowa
Looking at street trolley #197 arriving at the Highland Park College campus which was established in 1889 and operated under that name until 1918, when the Baptist church bought it and renamed it Des Moines University. The school had some 40,000 students and 1,000 pharmacy graduates in its first twenty-five years. After some unrest, the school closed in September 1929, and the buildings remained empty until 1943, when Alfred W. Lawson of Detroit bought the property and founded the Des Moines University of Lawsonomy ("the study of everything"). The university closed in 1954 and the Park Fair Shopping Mall is on the site today at Second Avenue and Euclid Avenue. 1906 postmark. Number 1761.
Pearson-Ullberg Co., Minneapolis, [Minn.]
Hotels in Colfax, Iowa
Colfax is known, far and near, as "Spring City," owing to its numerous mineral springs, which are of great, medicinal virtue in the treatment of many diseases. Its large hotels call thousands here annually, for both pleasure and health. 1906 postmark.
Humboldt M.W.A. Team, Clarion, Iowa
A parade on Main Street with soldiers in formation. "Humboldt M.W.A. team at Clarion." --t.p. 1906 postmark.
Indian school, Toledo, Iowa
This two story brick building and other out buildings were constructed by the government in the late 1890's at the resistance of the Meskwaki people. The Meskwaki people wanted to educate their children as they pleased and most did not allow their children to attend. 1906 postmark.
Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northwest at back view of Goodnow Hall with Blair Hall in foreground. 1906 postmark. Number 133.
Iowa State Penitentiary, Anamosa, Iowa
Looking at the southeast corner of the penitentiary, built in Romanesque, Gothic Revival. The institution was established in 1872. It is Iowa's largest prison. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 1906 postmark. Number 349.
Luther College from the south entrance, Decorah, Iowa
Looking north at the Main II building built in 1890 at a cost of $50,000 after the Main I building burned down in 1889. Fire destroyed Main II in 1942 and would not be completely rebuilt until 1952. Main III is located at 700 College Drive, Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa. 1906 postmark.
Main Street, Cushing, Iowa
Looking north on Main Street with what appears to be a farmer and wagon on the left and a possible stagecoach on the right. There is also a restaurant in the right background. 1906 postmark. Title supplied by cataloger.
Miller, H.B., Marshalltown, Iowa
North side of Main Street looking west from Second Avenue, Marshalltown, Iowa
Looking west at Boston Ice Cream Parlor and IOOF building. 1906 postmark. Number 114.
Old Settler's Pavillion, Lynnville, Iowa
Man standing in front of the Old Settler's Pavillion. Many bands have played here. 1906 postmark.
Pavillion, Clear Lake, Iowa
The Lake Shore Hotel was built in the late 1800's and razed in 1966 It was a summer resort and local landmark for 90 years. 1906 postmark.
Scene in Birdland Park, Des Moines, Iowa
Looking at a bridge on the Des Moines River from Birdland Drive on the west end of Birdland Park. Prior to its acquisition around 1924 as a public park, Birdland Park was known as the Bird tract, after the family who owned it. It is located north of downtown Des Moines within the boundaries of the Union Park Neighborhood. Located at 2100 Saylor Road, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. 1906 postmark. Number 7.
Street Scene in Anita, Iowa
1906 postmark.
Twelfth Street, Belle Plaine, Iowa
Twelfth Street with bakery, law office and meat market on the left. 1906 postmark.
Upper Iowa River and Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Looking northeast from the Upper Iowa River. 1906 postmark.
View on campus, Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northeast at Goodnow Hall on right, Carnegie Library on left and the men's gymnasium in the far background. 1906 postmark.
Views of Iowa State Fair and Davidson's Store, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa's Largest Furniture Store, S. Davidson & Bros., People's Furniture Store. Photos include: Corner of Main Floor, Furniture Display, Walnut Street Building; Main Exposition Building of Iowa State Fair containing Davidson's Special House Furnishing Exhibit; Corner of Carpet Room in Walnut Street Building; Stock Pavilion, Iowa State Fair. The D. Davidsons & Bros. was founded by patriarch Saul Davidson which expanded throughout Iowa and was purchased by Younkers in 1948 who ran the furniture business as a separate entity until the 1970s. The Iowa State Fair and Exposition Grounds Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The S. Davidsons & Bros. store was located at 412 Walnut Street, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. 1906 postmark.
Arbor Lake, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northeast at shoreline with sailboats and boathouse. Arbor Lake, named for Arbor Day, when hundreds of trees were planted there, was created in 1902 as a storage reservoir to provide soft water for manufacturing firms. 1907 postmark.
Baylis, William (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Bear's den, Bever Park, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Bever Park is a 90-acre city park containing the Bever Park Children's Zoo. 1907 postmark. Number 28.
Birdseye view of Anthon, Iowa
Anthon, Iowa with the school house rising above the town in the center of the picture. 1907 postmark. Number 3.


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