Historic Iowa Postcards

Holiday street scene, Climbing Hill, Iowa
Dirt street through Climbing Hill, Iowa. 1908 postmark.
Home of "Quaker Oats", Cedar Rapids, Iowa
In 1873, the Stuart family from Canada and the Higley and especially the Douglas family from Cedar Rapids established an oatmeal mill (initially known as the North Star Mill). The company later adopted the name American Cereal Company and by the 1890s began to produce a product line known as "Quaker Oats". The Cedar Rapids Quaker Oats plant established its own skyline of manufacturing buildings and became one of the largest in the nation. 1908 postmark. Number 22222.
Home of Hon. J.B. Grinnell, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking east from Central Park. Home of J.B. Grinnell and his wife Julia. The cellar was a registered stop in the Underground Railroad. A portion of the house was moved to Broad Street south of Third Avenue until the late 1970's. 1908 postmark.
Hotel Kimball, Davenport, Iowa
Looking northeast at a 5 story brick and stone building. The Burtis Hotel was built in 1874 next to the Burtis Opera House. The new hotel featured its own train platform as well as telephone, telegraph and an elevator. In 1880 the name of the hotel was changed to the Kimball House and it was advertised as the "largest and best hotel in Iowa." The hotel was transformed into an apartment building and renamed the Perry Apartments. In 1939, the building was repaired from a large fire and renamed the Vale Apartments. The building was torn down in 1993 because it was structurally unsafe. It was located at 210 East Fourth Street, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. 1908 postmark.
Iowa College buildings, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northwest. Blair Hall (right foreground) was constructed in 1882-1886, razed in 1961. Cost was $37,200 excl. grading and landscaping. Originally housed the college chapel, the departments of chemistry, natural science, mathematics, and physics. Goodnow Hall (left background) 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. 1908 postmark.
Iowa River, Belle Plaine, Iowa
Iowa River near Belle Plaine. 1908 postmark.
Iowa and Illinois Railway between Davenport, Iowa, Rock Island and Moline, Illinois and Clinton, Iowa
Front says: Trains every 60 minutes. In 1910, the Iowa and Illinois Railway secured a valuable freight terminal property in Davenport, Iowa. It included an office building and a warehouse which was occupied originally by the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway, under a right granted to it by the City of Davenport. The property reverted to the city and was offered to the Iowa and Illinois Railway Company. 1908 postmark.
Kessel Hospital, Cresco, Iowa
The Kessel Hospital was founded by Dr. George Kessel, Grinnell College graduate, in 1902 and was the first hospital in Northeast Iowa. Dr. Kessel converted the home into a hospital. The Kessel Hospital became St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in 1910 and was used as a nurses training school, the Howard County Hospital in 1974, and is now under the umbrella of Regional Health Services of Howard County. It is located at 235 Eight Avenue West, Cresco, Howard County, Iowa. 1908 postmark. Number 463.
Lumberyard, Bouton, Iowa
Two story wooden building with Lumber, Posts, Tiles, Sash, Doors, Cement, Lime & Shingles across the top. 1908 postmark.
Main Street, Avoca, Iowa
Dirt street with man standing in street. 1908 postmark.
Main Street, Chelsea, Iowa
Main Street business district in Chelsea, Iowa. Huiskamp Shoes sign on side of building. 1908 postmark.
Main Street, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northwest at Main Street from Fourth Avenue with Spencer Building in foreground1908 postmark. Number 62.
Methodist Church, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking southwest on corner of Fifth Avenue and Park Street. The Methodist Church was begun in 1895 and completed and dedicated in 1896. Richardsonian Romanesque in architectural styling. 1908 postmark. Number 156902.
Methodist Episcopal Church, Ira, Iowa
One-story wooden building with bell tower. 1908 postmark. Number 63.
Morrison & Ricker Manufacturing Company, Glove Factory, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking west from Broad Street. Established in 1856, the glove factory was Grinnell's first industry which originally manufactured gauntlet gloves. The building now houses Grinnell College offices. 1908 postmark. Number 156891.
Newton High School, Newton, Iowa
The Newton High School was erected in 1907 at a cost of $72,000. It was built on the most modern and approved plans for school buildings, even to the items of sanitary drinking fountains. The building was demolished in 1957. 1908 postmark.
North Broad Street, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking north on Broad Street at residences. 1908 postmark.
Reichard, The Druggist
Orchestra, State Industrial School for Girls, Mitchellville, Iowa
The original seminary was founded by the city's founder, Thomas Mitchell, in 1872. It fell on hard times and was bought by the state of Iowa who turned it into a reformatory school for girls. In the early 1980's it was turned into the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women. 1908 postmark.
Peet, Mrs. C.L. (Gilman, Iowa)
Park, Gilman, Iowa
Two women and two children on a gazebo in a part in Gilman, Iowa. 1908 postmark.
Part of Main Street, Ackley, Iowa
Looking east on Main Street at billboard on building near utility poles. Man with automobile. 1908 postmark.


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