THE OLD MARION COUNTY COURT HOUSE
Dated Feb. 26, 1906
Mailed from 1112 E. Taylor St.,
Mailed To: Mr. & Mrs. Christ [?] Boock
New [?] Minn. [?]
Though the address and the return address are written in English
it looks like the body of the message is written in Swedish. If its not,
I've never seen handwriting so hard to read in all my life!
I think that this is my favorite old postcard.
On the left is the old Marion Co. Court House, in the center is Willamette University,
and to the far right is the old Salem State House. Of the three, the only remaining
structure is the University. When I have the time I'll try to find out what became
of the Court House. I'm sure that it probably burned down, like so many other beautiful
old buildings of the past. But this one was truly spectacular wasn't it?
Mystery solved, I found out what happend. How sad, they tore it down in 1954 to make room for the
new Marion County Court House. However, the photo that I saw was taken in 1938 and the poor building
was already on its way to sinking shambles. Poor construction, I guess? That was also the cause of
the State House fire. Maybe the same people designed both? You can't tell by this postcard, but the
University is constructed of brick, thusly its longevity is explained.