Postcards From Home

Swedish Lutheran Church

1326 Fifth Avenue From the archives of Rock Island’s First Lutheran Church comes this rare Real Photo postcard of one of its early buildings.  It was located on the southwest … [ Continued

Villa de Chantal East Library

2001 16th Avenue  This ornate room, identified as the East Library in the featured postcard, is located at the top of the stairs at the main entrance to Rock Island’s … [ Continued

South Park Chapel

1500 30th Street This early 1900s Real Photo postcard identifies the little L-shaped building with a huge entrance tower and belfry as South Park Chapel.  That was the first name … [ Continued

Sacred Heart Church

Fifth Avenue at 28th Street Over a century old, Rock Island’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Fifth Avenue at 28th Street has weathered its years very gracefully.  Indeed it takes … [ Continued

Rock Island Club (RNA)

226 16th Street  This postcard is identified as the home of the Rock Island Club, but it’s easy to tell that it was a home at one time.   Like many … [ Continued

Masonic Temple

420 18th Street This circa 1915 postcard shows the Masonic Temple at the northwest corner of 18th Street and Fifth Avenue that had been built only two years earlier.  It … [ Continued

Market Square

17th Street & 2nd Avenue One postcard story was about a 1906 view of the Market Square building decorated for the Farmers National Congress.  This is another postcard from the … [ Continued

Log Raft on Mississippi

West from 15th Street  For over a century, the Mississippi River has been a means of conveyance, floating huge objects to a final destination.  Nowadays, it is barges, tied together … [ Continued