Saturday, June 19, 2010

Grand Island, Nebraska

The City of Grand Island really was once an island between the Wood and North Platte rivers. The settlement was moved north of the Platte River in the late 1800s, but the name was retained.

Some of the buildings shown on this postcard are still standing, including the Hotel Yancey, which is now the Yancey Condominiums, but the street seems to have lots some of its liveliness and charm. On the other hand, I do wonder how many of those figures in the first postcard were really there. Notice how they all look the same?

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  1. Das ist ja wieder eine feine Stadtansicht, aber schöner finde ich die alte Postkarte aus Herford.
    Ob das wohl heute noch ähnlich aussieht?
    Na ja, wohl kaum.
    Wenn ich daran denke wie sehr Hastings sich verändert hat (ich hatte das kommentiert)
    und Herford ist wahrscheinlich wie die meisten deutschen Städte in WW2 zerstört worden.
    In den 50ern und 60ern hat man so viele bauliche Sünden begangen, das es zum Weinen ist.
    Wer weiß, vielleicht komme ich mal da vorbei, dann seh ich nach und trink ein leckeres Herforder Pils.

  2. Somehow I believe that little coffee shop on the right side of the street is far superior to today's Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks. Love the post and thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. I believe it when the postcard says Grand Island Nebraska is between two rivers. During a heavy sudden rain storm we got caught there with 4 to 5 inches of water creeping up to the doors of our truck in a parking lot. We were our own island! We drove out quickly and headed for Minden

  4. I second the motion for the coffee shop, to be followed in the evening by a stop at the beer joint on the same corner... Sure looks like a train crossing the street in the background, but I didn't find any tracks in the Google image.

  5. I have been to Grand Island a long time ago. Nice old cards.

  6. That is not a train crossing. The train runs parallel to the pictured street (on the left). thanks for featuring our community. The postcard is Locust street, whereas your Google picture is First Street, looking east--and the Yancy is still in both shots. The Yancy was built approximately 1917-1920 and was a famous hotel in the early days.

  7. Hi Smart Car,
    Thanks for your comment. After I read it I took another look at the Google map. Unless it shows up different on your computer, it should show that you are on Locust at the intersection with 1st and facing north. I guess it might depend on which arrows you click. Anyway, I'm so glad you checked out the post and commented. It's always great to have input from someone who's there.

  8. Smart Car, that is not First Street. The Google map is correct. Anonymous, yes that is the train crossing that is still there and still operational, Union Pacific.



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