Postcards From Home

Central Fire Station

17th Street & 5th Avenue  Until May 19, 1891, Rock Island did not have a paid fire department but rather relied on volunteer companies for fire protection.  Considering that many … [ Continued

Black Hawk Park Lounge

For as long as anyone remembers – and even before – Black Hawk State Historic Site has held a unique place in our regional history.  Its location at the crest … [ Continued

Rock Island Argus Building

The signature “Cervin & Horn Archts” at the lower right corner tells us that today’s postcard of the new Rock Island Argus building was created from an architectural rendering or … [ Continued

Buford Mansion, Word of Life Church

When wealthy Kentuckian Charles Buford brought his wife, Lucy Marshall Buford, and their ten children to Rock Island in 1853, he didn’t waste any time.  They had come from near … [ Continued

Third Avenue, West from 19th Street

A few weeks ago, we showed you a 1950s view of Third Avenue, looking east from 17th Street.  Today we return to Third Avenue as it appeared in 1910, this … [ Continued

Augustana College, 7th Avenue W from 38th Street

This is 7th Avenue near 38th Street as depicted on a postcard dated 1911.  The building on the left was the first building of Augustana College. It was completed in … [ Continued

Third Avenue, East from 17th Street

Usually these stories are about postcards from the early 1900s.  But this one is different – the view of Rock Island’s Third Avenue, looking east from 17th Street is only … [ Continued

Broadway Presbyterian Church

700 23rd Street In the early days of Stephenson, as Rock Island was then known, there was a single Presbyterian congregation, which didn’t even have its own church building.  By … [ Continued