Aberdeen in Vintage Postcards by Tom Hayes, Mike Wiese

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 arriving 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 system has ended in regular progress and has made it the 3rd biggest urban within the state.

Using greater than 2 hundred pictures, authors Tom Hayes and Mike Wiese take the reader on a old journey of Aberdeen. Drawing on their large postcard assortment, they inform the tale of this tight-knit neighborhood and the very good those people who are an essential component of its historical past.

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This real photo taken in the early 1920s shows one of the reasons that the Aberdeen Street Railway went out of business—the automobile. Running a streetcar business was very expensive with high labor and maintenance costs, which in the poor economic times of the early 1920s proved to be too much for the company to survive. Here Main Street looks north from the Roof Garden. The trolleys of the Aberdeen Street Railway System made their debut on Thanksgiving Day 1910, and ran through July 21, 1922, when service was discontinued.

Here Main Street looks north from the Roof Garden. The trolleys of the Aberdeen Street Railway System made their debut on Thanksgiving Day 1910, and ran through July 21, 1922, when service was discontinued. m. m. The car barn was located near the present day site of Presentation College. This view of Main Street looks south from the Roof Garden. The Sherman Hotel is the predominant building in the foreground and was located on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue. By 1913 when this postcard was post marked, Aberdeen had grown south for many blocks.

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. Part of this was satisfied by the Aberdeen Light and Fuel Co. that later became known as the Aberdeen Gas and Electric Light Co.

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