Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Postcards from Grandma Nov. 2, 1906
Here is the oldest post card in Grandma's collection that she sent to her friend Mary Cowman in 1906, when she evidently went on a trip to Indiana at the age of 14. About 12 years later, Aunt Mary and possibly an unknown "Dorothy" used the card for writing practice.
According to the Indiana Historical Society, Union Station, which opened in 1888, was considered one of the finest examples of Romanesque Revival architecture in the Midwest. By 1900, two hundred passenger trains per day passed through the train shed. In 1983, the train shed was renovated to become the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The hotel includes suites of remodeled Pullman sleeping cars from the 1920s resting on their original tracks. In 1986, some of the station was converted into a shopping center with stores and restaurants, but this enterprise was abandoned in 1997. In 2002, 21st Century Charter School, the city’s first charter school, opened in the building.