Historic Iowa Postcards

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Lafayette Inn, Clinton, Iowa
Four-story stone building built in 1906 and still standing. 1907 postmark.
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Log cabin, soldiers' home, Marshalltown, Iowa
View of log cabin at entrance to Marshalltown's Veteran Home. 1907 postmark.
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M.E. Church, Baldwin, Iowa
One story wooden church building and steeple. 1907 postmark.
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M.E. Church, Lone Tree, Iowa
Winter scene looking at front of church. 1907 postmark.
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Main Street looking east, New Sharon, Iowa
Looking east on Main Street in New Sharon, Iowa. 1907 postmark. Number 32.
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Main Street west, Churdan, Iowa
Looking west at the Churdan, Iowa business district. The town of Churdan, Iowa was named for Joseph Churdan, Sr. (Uncle Joe), a local farmer later appointed as first postmaster. 1907 postmark.
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Main Street, Blencoe, Iowa
Boardwalk and dirt street with various businesses in Blencoe, Iowa. 1907 postmark.
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Main Street, Guernsey, Iowa
Business district in Guernsey, Iowa. 1907 postmark.
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Main Street, looking east, Marshalltown, Iowa
Looking east with street cleaners. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places under Marshalltown Downtown Historic District. 1907 postmark. Number 14578.
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Masonic Temple, Anita, Iowa
A bustling downtown view of a dirt Main Street in Anita. 1907 postmark. Number 4.
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Methodist Episcopal Church, Toledo, Iowa
Looking at front of church. 1907 postmark.
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Methodist Episcopal Church, Victor, Iowa
Entrance to a one story wooden church with steeple. 1907 postmark.
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North side of square, Newton, Iowa
Looking northeast from the square. 1907 postmark. Number 2347.
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Penn College, Oskaloosa, Iowa
William Penn College was founded by Quaker pioneers in 1873. In January 2000, William Penn College officially became William Penn University. 1907 postmark.
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Public school, Calamus, Iowa
Two story brick building with bell tower and students in front. 1907 postmark.
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Purifying plant C & NW Railroad, Alton, Iowa
Two story wooden building with two storage tanks. Men standing on top deck. 1907 postmark.
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Rock Island Depot, Van Meter, Iowa
Two railroad employees are standing on a brick platform near a wooden depot with a train signal and telegraph office sign in the background. 1907 postmark. Number 11.
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Scene in Bever Park, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
New construction of bear den in Bever Park, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bever Park is a 90-acre city park containing the Bever Park Children's Zoo. 1907 postmark. Number 1955.
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School building, Van Meter, Iowa
School children and school staff standing in front of the school building. 1907 postmark. Number 8485.
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Schuetzen Park, Davenport, Iowa
In 1870, the Davenport Schuetzengesellschaft (later called the Schuetzen Verein) created this "Schuetzenpark," or shooting park, as a target range for rifle marksmanship. In addition to the shooting and target houses, the park included an inn, dance hall, music pavilion, zoo, bowling alleys, roller coaster, refreshment stands, athletic field, picnic grounds, and other amusements. The popularity of Schuetzen Park began to decline around 1917, when the anti-German hysteria from World War I restricted the activities of German-Americans and led to the prohibition of the use of the German language in public. Many businesses and organizations changed their German names. For a time, Schuetzen Park was renamed Forest Park. The Davenport Schuetzen Verein became known by its English equivalent, the Davenport Shooting Association. The park was dealt another serious blow in 1919 when the "Prohibition Act" outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, which had been a major source of revenue for the park. The park was sold in 1923, and it became the site of the Chiropractic Psychopathic Sanitarium. However, today, much of the property again changed hands to the Davenport Good Samaritan Center and is being preserved as a "Wildpark". The only original park building that remains is the 1911 street car waiting station, which was named a local historic landmark in 1998 by the City of Davenport. It is located at 700 Waverly Road, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. 1907 postmark. Number 2020.

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