This image shows an intersection in downtown Fort Dodge, Iowa. In 1900, Fort Dodge was the 12th largest city in the state of Iowa. The image shows the streets lined with two- to three-story brick buildings. A few people are walking on the sidewalks. Several horse-drawn buggies are in the street. A couple of cars are driving down one of the streets, and the tracks for a tram run down the middle of one street.
- Carefully examine this view of downtown Fort Dodge. What features of modern life are visible?
- Compare and contrast this image with photo of State Street in Chicago. If Chicago is assumed to be a modern city in 1900, could Fort Dodge be considered a modern city? Use evidence from the images to support your answer.
Bandholtz, F.J., "Ft. Dodge, Ia.," 1907. Courtesy of Library of Congress