Allamakee co. IAGenWeb Project
updated 07/15/2013

Photos of Harpers Ferry,

Taylor twp.

In the early steamboat days, Harpers Ferry, with one of the finest townsites along the river, promised to become an important place.  The town was platted in 1852 and was incorporated in 1901.  David Harper was the leading spirit in the early development of the town.

Right: Photo postcard titled "Along the bluff, Harpers Ferry, Iowa" T.W. Melaven
~contributed by Betty Palmer

Melaven's Spring on bluff near Harpers Ferry

T.A. Oestern home

T.A. & Veronica (Houlihan) Oestern home
photographer - Payne

The home of T.A. & Veronica Oestern was built in 1907 and was located on the corner of Orange and Third St. Harpers Ferry, Iowa. T.A. Oestern held various positions in Harpers Ferry and was postmaster for a short time. He and Veronica are buried at Paint Rock cemetery (St. Joseph's cemetery). More information about T.A. Oestern can be found in chapter 19 of the "Past & Present of Allamakee co.", 1913 on this website.

~contributed by Betty Palmer

Birdseye view of Harpers Ferry - ca1920
Birdseye view of Harpers Ferry, ca 1920
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Harpers Ferry c1913
Section of Harpers Ferry - postcard post-marked 1913
Depot (left foreground), school (center), St. Ann's Catholic Church (upper center).
~contributed by Brian Theiler

Harpers Ferry depot c1913
Harpers Ferry train depot - postcard post-marked August 6, 1913
~contributed by Brian Theiler

View of Harpers Ferry, undated
View of Harpers Ferry, undated
~source: 1996 Waukon State Bank Calendar
~contributed by Errin Wilker

Joe Kelly, Harpers Ferry Postmaster in front of the postoffice, 1976
Joe Kelly, Harpers Ferry Postmaster
Harpers Ferry Iowa post office painted to celebrate the US bicentennial 1976
I think the painting was done by Joe and his wife Rose.

~contributed by Betty Palmer



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