Our Iowa Heritage Index: 1890-1899.

As you can see, our growing website Our Iowa Heritage covers a lot of time (pre-1800 to the present) and a lot of people. We’ve written about famous people and the not-so-famous ones as well. Yet, despite a person’s prominence (or lack of it), everybody has a story. And as you read our posts, you’ll hopefully discover that everyone’s story is a good one. So, in order to better find these good stories and details surrounding them, we’ve added this INDEX of HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS to help you along the way. Enjoy your journey.

Our Iowa Heritage: An Introduction. We might suggest you start here! Here’s how & why I got started collecting stamps, coins, and other Iowa memorabilia.

The 1890’s in Iowa City. It’s the last decade of the nineteenth century, and Iowa City is transitioning as well. Take a look at some of the postal covers and interesting stories that accompany them.

1895 – The SUI Red Brick Campus. From 1860 through the mid-1890’s, the State University of Iowa (SUI) grew by leaps and bounds. In 1895, the University was alive and well, all centrally located on the east side of the Iowa River on what was affectionately called The Red Brick Campus. Twelve buildings and four smaller ‘support’ facilities, most of which were built using red bricks made right here in Iowa City. By the turn of the century, a “New University” campus was on the drawing board and The Red Brick Campus was on its way out. Sadly, today, only two of these original sixteen buildings are still standing. Join us for this enjoyable journey back to the way it was in 1895. Click here to start the series…

Old Capitol: The Icon of the University

Mechanics Academy: The Cradle of the University

South Hall: The University’s Ten-Chimneyed One

North Hall: The Grandfather of the University

Medical Building: The University’s Ill-Fated Medical Experiment

Science Hall: The University’s Only Mobile Home

Chemistry Laboratory: The University’s Controversial Park Place

Close Hall: The University’s Home for Jesus, Jumpshots and Journalism

Observatory #2: The University’s Eye to the Sky

Dental Building: The University’s Eye Tooth for Eighty Years

Homeopathic Medical Building #2: The University’s Second Medical Opinion 

Unity Hall: The University’s Gathering Place

The Forgotten Four: The University’s Little Engines that Could

The Pentacrest – The New University. The State University of Iowa started small with a central campus (1847-1874) made up of only four buildings. By 1895, the number was up to twelve, but here’s the story of how SUI went from a handful of eclectic buildings to the iconic Pentacrest we all know and love today.

C.C. Nutting. Most U of I folks know about Thomas MacBride (MacBride Hall) and Samuel Calvin (Calvin Hall), but there was a third person in what was called “The Great Triumvirate” of the State University of Iowa. Charles Cleveland Nutting, served as professor of natural science and curator of the Natural History Museum from 1886 -1927.

Two Ohio Friends – One Iowa Connection. Charles B. Elliott and Oscar L. Watkins. Two good friends born in eastern Ohio in 1861. Two young men who took different life paths but remained true to each other for nearly 70 years.

Charles B. Elliott: Romancing the Forest City Meteorite. Read this entertaining side-story about Elliott and his meteorite adventure into Iowa.

Charles B. Elliott: As Seen by The Colonel. Enjoy this brief biographical overview of Charles B. Elliott as presented by his eldest son, Major Charles W. Elliott.

The Wieneke Family – Iowa City’s Penny Postcard People. In 1863, H.J. Wieneke returned to Iowa City from the Civil War, becoming a tobacconist, opening a cigar shop on Clinton Street. By the end of the century, the Wieneke family had successfully cornered the penny-postcard market, working out of the St. James Hotel.


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