Located in northeast Iowa along the Cedar River, the city of Cedar Falls is known as the “Garden City” of Iowa due to its lovely tree-lined streets and well-kept homes. Of special interest to those familiar with the city will be the many photographs of buildings that have been torn down or greatly altered from their original form. The section entitled “Main Street, the Heart of the City,” traces the evolution of this central boulevard of the city from a dusty, dirt street to a lovely Victorian avenue, complete with cast-iron lamp posts, cobblestone streets, and a trolley line. Most of all, people familiar with Cedar Falls today, as well as visitors and former residents, will enjoy seeing the evolution of this Midwestern town from a tiny pioneer settlement to a modern industrial city.
Author Bio: Written and compiled by author Brian C. Collins, Cedar Falls covers the early history of this city, from its founding by William Sturgis in 1845 to the year 1925. The photographs in this volume, borrowed from the archives of the Cedar Falls Historical Society, focus on the city’s lively commercial and social life and chronicle the forces that shaped the city. A number of historic images contained in this work have never been viewed by the public.
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