Postcards From Home

Rock Island House (Ann Goldman Building)

17th Street & Second Avenue  This Real Photo postcard from Shannon Hall’s collection is postmarked 1914 and captioned “Opening of the 1600 block, Rock Island, Illinois.”  The prominent “R I … [ Continued

Rock Island Lines Depot

3031 Fifth Avenue It took nearly fifty years for Rock Island to get a passenger depot worthy of the city’s status as the founding home of the Chicago, Rock Island … [ Continued


500 20th Street  Sometimes a building becomes so familiar to us that we don’t really notice it anymore.  That may well be the case of Rock Island’s Young Men’s Christian … [ Continued

Frank Mixter House

734 20th Street  NOTE:  This article was written when the site was vacant, before construction of a large new house was begun  in 2007. Perhaps you have traveled past the … [ Continued

Long View Park Rustic Bridge

The rustic scene depicted in this post card from circa 1917 shows Long View Park as it looked in the early 1900s.  A nationally known landscape artist from Chicago, O.C. … [ Continued

Long View Park Upper Lagoon Area

After being planned and under construction for years, by July 10, 1908, Longview Park, then called Long View, was complete enough for its formal dedication.  A crowd estimated at 15,000 … [ Continued

Eagle Building F. O. E.

The Rock Island Aerie 956 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles was organized in 1905 with only 133 members.  For the first three years, meetings were held at one of … [ Continued

Crescent Bridge

Foot of 7th Street Did you ever wonder how the Crescent Bridge got its name?  Or do you even know where the Crescent Bridge is?  For years it was hidden … [ Continued