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Council Bluffs Changing Scene: Back in 1898, the John Beno and Co. store occupied from 28 to 26 S. Main St. Founder John Beno started business here in 1866. This is one of the illustrations in the booklet published on the the Trans-Mississippi and…

Council Bluffs Changing Scene--Back in 1908, Broadway at Pearl St. looked like this. There was a theater at left, then Rogers Buffet, a cigar store and Beno's. The beer wagon, with a three-team hitch, was a fairly common sight on downtown streets. …

Today...Pearl Street has taken on a modern appearance. Note the new bank building, new store fronts, streamlined automobiles, parking meters and modern street lights.

Council Bluffs Changing Scene--This is Pearl Street, looking north from near the Hotel Chieftain in 1936. Streetcars were still running and the Council Bluffs Savings Bank building towered above other Pearl Street structures. The picture was made…

Today...the same area reveals a lot of changes. The Public Library is surrounded with nice shade trees and automobiles replace the streetcars and horse drawn wagon. And new buildings have been added. The five-story structure is the Park building. …

Council Bluffs Changing Scene--Taken from a postcard, dated 1908, this scene looks north on Pearl Street. At left is the Free Public Library. At right is the old Merriam block. Beno's store is in the distant center and a streetcar is midway up the…

Council Bluffs Changing Scene--Streetcars played an important role in everyday life here when this photo of Broadway--looking west from the Masonic Temple--was taken in 1908. There are three trams in the photo. The only other visible means of…

Council Bluffs Changing Scene--Judging from this picture nearly everyone in town turned out for the Ringling Brothers circus parade around 1895. Men wore derbys [sic] and women wore hooped skirts. The parade is turning the corner of Main St. and…

Today...the same St. Peter's Church spire still stands, but the other buildings have either been rebuilt or remodeled. And this area now has modern mercury vapor lights. Beno's store occupies the old Pacific House site. Two new banks have been…

Today...New buildings have replaced not only those burned in 1925, but all others in the entire block, with the exception of one on the west side. Now a one way street, minus car tracks, Pearl Street has a more modern lok and shows the progress of…

Future plans...look bright for the Wickham-Beno buildings in the 500 block of West Broadway, but for many months now, windows have simply been papered over.

interior of department store, ca. 19th century
Oriental rugs on floor, several men and women standing by rugs

interior of department store, ca 19th century
display counters with stools for customer seating, clerks behind counters
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