Postcard from West Third Street in 1908

This postcard was mailed 110 years ago today — Aug. 14, 1908. It depicts a scene looking northeast on Third Street at about 24th Avenue West. The church steeple in the right foreground is Bethany Lutheran Church, built in 1903.

The image below, from Aug. 13, 2018, attempts to replicate the scene.

The weather might be a little better 110 years later. The sender of the old postcard, someone named Edward, had a “fine trip,” but notes it was “cold and rainy here.”

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Gina Temple-Rhodes

about 6 years ago

Note the streetcar tracks that go down the middle of the road. This was a major thoroughfare and commercial district while the streetcar lines were running, and West Third went through beyond Piedmont. At some point Piedmont Avenue was reconfigured and the access cut off, making West Third the dead-end road it is today. 

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