Postcards From Home

Illinois Theatre

1600 Second Avenue Rock Island never lacked culture.  That was demonstrated in 1901 when a plan to build a new theatre that had been promoted by the Rock Island Club … [ Continued

Long View Park Lower Lake

17th Street at 13th Avenue  The Augustana College Library holds many treasures.  Among the postcards in their Special Collections are these two Real Photo shots of the lower lagoon – … [ Continued

Government Bridge Guard House

Rock Island Arsenal  How often do you pass this unassuming but striking little building, identified on our postcard as the Government Bridge Guard House?  Only when walking or waiting for … [ Continued

House at 1038 21st Street

There’s something magical about a house with tower.  Although towers reached a peak (sorry) of popularity in the Victorian era, towered houses were still relatively rare.  Additionally many towers have … [ Continued

Alleman High School

1103 40th Street Alleman High School, shown on this vintage Real Photo postcard from Shannon Hall’s collection, opened its doors in September of 1949.  Enrollment that first year was just … [ Continued

First National Bank

Second Avenue & 17th Street  There was a time, not so long ago, when nearly every town, large and small, had its own bank. It was a bank where decisions … [ Continued

Residence of Phil Mitchell (Case-Mitchell House)

720 20th Street  For years this stately home on Rock Island’s 20th Street just south of 7th Avenue has been known as the Mitchell House.  It is named for Phil … [ Continued


SW Corner, Third Avenue at 19th Street Postmarked in 1912, this postcard shows the YMCA – Young Men’s Christian Association – building that was located on the southwest corner of … [ Continued