By Tom Hayes, Mike Wiese
Plotted and deliberate as a crossroads city alongside the constructing Milwaukee Railroad, Aberdeen, South Dakota was once 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 middle. Aberdeen's skill to evolve to a altering economic climate has ended in regular progress and has made it the 3rd biggest urban within the state.
Using greater than 2 hundred photos, authors Tom Hayes and Mike Wiese take the reader on a historical journey of Aberdeen. Drawing on their enormous postcard assortment, they inform the tale of this tight-knit neighborhood and the amazing those who are an essential component of its historical past.
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The postmark on this is from 1888. The Park Place Hotel was located on the southwest corner of Chicago Avenue (now known as Railroad Avenue) and First Street (now known as Washington Street). John Proud was the proprietor. Their rates, in the 1880s were $2 per day and they offered a free bus to and from all trains. This postmark is from 1888. Aberdeen quickly became one of the larger towns in South Dakota and people in town wanted all the new inventions considered to be modern conveniences. These included indoor plumbing, telephone service, and electricity.
With 13 passenger trains daily, together with even more freight trains, the hotel business was a prosperous one during this era. This street scene shows one of Aberdeen’s oldest Main Street sections as it looked in the 1940s. The New York Hotel boasted reasonable rates and rooms with hot and cold running water. B. Moore to house a furniture and undertaking business. The Hay family purchased the building in 1932 and moved their furniture business to this location. The building, torn down in 2002, was the oldest building in South Dakota in continuous use as a furniture store.
S. Highway 12. W. Parmley of Ipswich, South Dakota, along with many Aberdonians. Another Sherman House Hotel envelope, this one from 1893 showing the new “Hub City” logo that was adopted after South Dakota Statehood on November 2, 1889. This is the First Flight Envelope for the First Air Mail Airplane to carry mail from Aberdeen on July 3, 1934. The sender and receiver of this was a young Bob Perry who was a very dedicated local historian until his death in 1998. His knowledge and friendship will be missed.
Aberdeen in Vintage Postcards by Tom Hayes, Mike Wiese