Iowa History August 23, 2019
by Kim Magaraci 10 Photos From Iowa’s History That Are A Fascinating Window Into The Past
Take a step back in time and scroll through these stunning photos of the Hawkeye State from the earliest years of the 20th century. You’ll be fascinated by how much has changed compared to these pictures of Iowa, and by the things that will always stay the same.
1. Des Moines looks so different in this picture of downtown from the 1940s.
2. The original St. Luke's Hospital Building in Dubuque is shown here in this 1903 photo.
3. In the early days after the Great Depression, the FSA helped Iowa families get back on their feet. This photo shows an Iowa farmer canning after receiving some help from the fund.
4. Iowa has always prioritized education. In this 1940s picture, young schoolgirls walk home from class in the tiny town of Newton.
5. Can you imagine what it was like to work the fields without tractors and technology we have today? Here, an Iowa farmer tills the fields with help from a draft horse team.
6. Here, a newsboy delivers papers in the rain through Iowa City. Do you think he ever imagined a world where you can get thousands of headlines with the swipe of a finger?
7. Dubuque has always captured our hearts. It doesn't really look much different today than in this 1930s photo of the first town, does it?
8. Now here's a familiar scene! A snowy Iowa farm is something we've all seen before - but these early 1900s farmers didn't have snowblowers or generators to clear the lanes and keep them warm.
9. Iowa's farmers have always worked hard to maintain their lands, and shopping for seeds and farm equipment is still a big part of rural Iowa life.
10. Have you ever spotted a vintage postcard in an Iowa thrift store? You never know what scenes you might uncover!
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