This aerial view of Grand Avenue was taken in 1937, showing the widening of Grand Avenue underway. Both of the Chicago Northwestern and the Des Moines and Southern Depots are visible. The building at the lower right is the Iowa Highway Commission building. Across Lincoln Way is Lloyd's Service Station on corner of Elm Street. Woodland Dairy Farm Store is seen across from Commission Drive. (Farwell T. Brown Photographic Archive)
This is a similar view just a year later in 1938. There is a clear view of the railroad water tanks next to Grand Avenue and of the interurban depot. To the right is the Skie Coal Company.