Historic Iowa Postcards

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Cong[regationa]l Church, 1860-1879, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northeast. "The area of the old stone church that followed the wooden structure on the left. The wooden school on right stood before the 3 story brick & block hi[gh]-sch[ool] now gone"--t.p. verso
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Down the Des Moines valley, Iowa
Looking at the Des Moines River Valley. 1901 postmark. Number 11488.
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Chelsea State Bank and Palace Restaurant, Chelsea, Iowa
One story brick building on the corner holds the Chelsea State Bank and at the other end of the block is the Palace Restaurant. 1903 postmark.
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Main Street, Andrew, Iowa
Looking down a dirt Main Street. 1903 postmark.
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Wartburg College, Clinton, Iowa
Four story brick and stone main campus building. Wartburg College was moved several times to accommodate Lutheran immigration and resided in Clinton, Iowa from 1894-1935. Since 1935, Wartburg College is permanently located in Waverly, Iowa. 1903 postmark.
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City court house, Council Bluffs, Iowa
The Pottawattamie County Courthouse on South Pearl Street was a stone Beaux Arts-style building built in 1888. It was later declared unsafe and was replaced with a Modernist structure in 1977. 1904 postmark. Number 5454.
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Clinton County Court House, Clinton, Iowa
The Clinton County Courthouse Clinton County Courthouse was constructed from 1892-1897 by architects Stanley Mansfield and Josiah Rice. Listed in the National Register of Historical Places. 1904 postmark.
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I.C. Depot, Ackley, Iowa
Two story wooden prairie School, Tudor Revival architecture. Railroad carts and barrels near depot. Listed in the National Register of Historical Places and used as the Heritage Center. 1904 postmark. Number 8.
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1st Presbyterian Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Looking at the front entrance to a 3 story brick building. 1905 postmark. Number 19.
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Arbor Lake, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking east at shoreline with canoers 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. Number 1222.
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C.M. & St. P. Depot, Center Junction, Iowa
Single story wooden depot with sign for Center Jct. A railroad ticket clerk is standing at the corner of the building. Center Junction was once an incorporated city starting in 1871. But, following a special election that served as a referendum on the plan, the city council voted in 2015 to sell of its assets, disband, and turn administration over to the county. When the council took the action, then-Mayor Sandy Ricklefs cited the towns ailing finances as the primary reason for disbanding.
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Catholic Church, Creston, Iowa
The St. Malachy's Church was built in 1885. In 1905 the Church of the Immaculate Conception was "cut out" of St. Malachy's. Located at 107 West Howard Street, Creston, Union County, Iowa. 1905 postmark.
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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Roundhouse, Creston, Iowa
The Creston railroad yards, built in 1871, had one of the largest roundhouses in the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy system. 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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Clinton Free Library, Clinton, Iowa
Funded by Andrew Carnegie for $45,000, the Clinton Free Library was constructed in 1904. Listed in the National Register of Historical Places. 1905 postmark.
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Goodnow Hall, [Grinnell College], Grinnell, Iowa
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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Greetings from Iowa College, Gymnasium for Men, Grinnell, Iowa
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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Greetings from the Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa
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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Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northeast. 1905 postmark. Number 130.
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Ladies' cottage, [Grinnell College], Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northeast. Mears Cottage was constructed in 1888, costing $14,719. Originally served as a ladies dormitory. Number 1225.
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Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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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