Postcards From Home

Sawmill Fire

26th Street near Mississippi River The special midnight edition of The Argus headlined, “Worst Fire in City’s History Involves Loss of Over $500,000.”  The aftermath of that fire is shown … [ Continued

St. Pius X Church

31st Avenue at 24th Street From the air, it looks like a child’s snow angel.  From street level it is surprising delicate, with its pleated roof and many stained glass … [ Continued

Washington School

SW Corner of 3rd Avenue and 13th Street The full history of Rock Island’s Washington School — the grade school, not the junior high on 18th Avenue that we know … [ Continued

House at 1019-1021 21st Street

1019 21st Street, Rock Island, Illlinois There’s a wealth of local history in Augustana College Library’s Special Collections.  That’s where we found this rare “real photo” postcard, dating from about … [ Continued

Christian Science Church 23rd Street

829 23rd Street (817 23rd Street) The Christian Science religion started by Mary Baker Eddy in Boston is of fairly recent origin.  The official founding of the church as we … [ Continued

Gustafson & Hayes

1714-16 Second Avenue Of course you have seen these buildings in downtown Rock Island. You can easily find them.  You don’t even need to look up their locations in early … [ Continued

Harms Hotel Tap Room

18th Street at First Avenue  Before we explain our postcard today, we must tell you a bit about Rock Island’s Hotel Harms. In the near future we will give the … [ Continued

Hickey Brothers Store Number Five

Third Avenue & 18th Street  There’s an old saying, “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.”   In the case of the Hickey Brothers Cigar Stores, it took only a single generation … [ Continued