Roland Main Street

Photo from a glass plate negative, ca. early 1890s
This early view of Roland’s business district faces south with the intersection of Main Street with East Poplar Street and the lumber yard visible in the foreground.  The post office, bank, blacksmith shop, hardware store, meat market, photo studio, newspaper office, and two hotels are visible.  The buildings in the foreground are the lumber yard.  The two steeples indicate Salem Lutheran Church at left and Bergen Lutheran Church at right.  A higher resolution version of this image may be seen at Ames Historical Society headquarters or at the Roland Historical Society.

This is an enlarged portion of the top photo. This distinctive double house (visible just above the Hardware store) still survives today.

This is an enlarged portion of the top photo. The two hotels were located close to the railroad at the north end of Main Street. Note the boardwalk bridge over the creek which flows adjacent to  East Maple Street.

This very early view of Roland Main Street facing north also shows the boardwalk bridges.  

This is an enlarged portion of the top photo. The Iowa Central House building was later used as the opera house and eventually, the post office.

IOWA CENTRAL HOTEL
A. Sampson, proprietor
Rates $1.50 per day

Guests without baggage are required to pay in advance.

All money, jewels, coats, valises, and other valuables 
must be left at the office and checks received for them,otherwise the proprietor will not be responsible for any loss.

1908 Advertisement

This is an enlarged portion of the top photo. Although most wood framed store fronts on Main Street were eventually replaced
by brick structures, all the homes visible in the top photo still exist today.

This is an enlarged portion of the top photo. Farmers Bank and The Record, the local newspaper, are among the businesses spotted in the distance.

This is an enlarged portion of the top photo. Photo Gallery, Post Office, George Holland Blacksmithing, Meat Market, Ferkin & Nelson Hardware

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This image from a glass plate negative shows the stage of the Roland Opera House and a view of Roland's Main Street painted on the backdrop.  Businesses included are: Johnson & Michaelson's Clothing, Real Estate, The Record, Roe Bros, and A. Oleson & Sons General Merchants.  Also note the wood stove, pump organ, and the kerosene lamps with reflectors.

2008 view of Roland Main Street facing south