By Tom Hayes, Mike Wiese
Plotted and deliberate as a crossroads city alongside the constructing Milwaukee Railroad, Aberdeen, South Dakota used to be first settled in 1881. With the coming of the railroad in 1882, Aberdeen flourished. It earned the nickname of Hub urban, serving as a railroad junction and agricultural heart. Aberdeen's skill to conform to a altering financial system has resulted in regular progress and has made it the 3rd biggest urban within the state.
Using greater than two hundred photographs, authors Tom Hayes and Mike Wiese take the reader on a historical travel of Aberdeen. Drawing on their huge postcard assortment, they inform the tale of this tight-knit neighborhood and the magnificent those who are an essential component of its background.
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The building was demolished in 1944 and nearly 200 tons of high-grade metal was salvaged and eventually used in the war effort to make battleship hulls. In 1937, the new post office and federal courthouse was completed a block east of the old Federal Building. It is still in use today as the downtown post office and the federal courthouse. This commemorative envelope was from the “First Mail Dispatch” sent out from the new post office on January 16, 1938. On that day, all outgoing mail was stamped with this logo.
Olwin started the Olwin Angel Store, a fine department store that remained in town for over 70 years. F. Milligan, a local insurance man. This home, built c. 1906, stood on the northeast corner of South Kline Street and Sixth Avenue. This house was moved in the early 1960s when the Milligan family donated the land to the city of Aberdeen as a site for the new Alexander Mitchell Library. The elder Milligan served as president of the library board for 20 years prior to his death in 1939. N. Harris was an attorney and judge.
By 1913 when this postcard was post marked, Aberdeen had grown south for many blocks. In the far background on the right is a grain elevator located on the corner of South Main Street and Twelfth Avenue. This example of a humorous greeting card features a manipulated image and a felt pendant with Aberdeen printed on it. This message still rings true today. A birds-eye view shows the wholesale district that developed along the tracks of the Milwaukee Railroad. Businesses that were built adjacent to the tracks shown in this view include the Aberdeen Roller Mill, which produced flour under the name Snow White.
Aberdeen in Vintage Postcards by Tom Hayes, Mike Wiese