Collection: Jon Walter
Scanned by Jon Walter
1914 Hoxie Postcard
This is one of several postcards of Hoxie, all of similar style, published by Hall Advertising Co, of Little Rock in 1914. They are “Curt Teich Photochromes”, with a specific numbering system that dates them all to 1914. This one is numbered “A-46096”. We have previously published articles with “A-46098” – 1914 Boas Hotel in Hoxie and “A-46100” – 1914 Streetcar and Depot in Hoxie.
In fact, you can make a strong assumption that the pictures for all of these cards were taken the same day. If you look at the picture above of the Union Station, then turn 180 degrees behind you, you’ll be looking at the Boas Hotel at the same angle on the same day.
This card was mailed on April 27, 1915 to a Mr. Cal Johnson of Fruit City, Missouri and simply reads, with no signature:
Still on the road
Union Station & Streetcar Stop
Union Station was the second of three depots built in Hoxie. The first depot was built sometime between 1883 and 1901. We have only seen one picture of that building and have published it in an earlier article.
The first depot was replaced by this Union Depot in 1906 and served both the Iron Mountain and Frisco Railroad. This Union Depot burned to the ground in 1924. We have several pictures of the fire and will post in future articles.
A brick depot was built in 1925 in the exact same spot and remained there until the 1970’s when it was demolished by the railroad.
Behind the coal car you can see the top of the “Express Depot”. Between the locomotive and the depot, you can see a Cotton Gin in the background. To the right of the depot, you can barely see the beginning of another building that was a restaurant. That restaurant had been demolished just one year earlier in 1913 by a tornado, but another was rebuilt.
In the foreground of this picture are two men standing next to the streetcar tracks. To the right of them is a streetcar stop with waiting passengers. This was the next to the last stop in Hoxie for the streetcar. The last stop would have been just south of where old Hwy 63 and old Hwy 67 cross now, just prior to where Turkey Creek crosses Hwy 67. There would have been a wooden bridge there then. The Electric Streetcar was placed in operation in 1904 and ran until the 1930s.