Saturday, January 2, 2016
Granger, Iowa, USA probably taken in the early 1900s. Most all of the buildings are gone now but a couple of them on the right side still stand. I think they turned them into bars.
Granger, Iowa is pictured here also with the first shot being being located at the top corner of this photo. If you were to look down the road that travels by the water tower that would be where that shot was taken. The taller building is in the above photo. I would date this photo as around 1950s. The school building is gone now and three different building programs have change that whole area. I taught in that old school building, top floor on the opposite side. That was in 1976 through 1990s. The room had a great view of all the farmland being worked in the area. It was a neat old building that used to be the full k through 12 building for the town. In 1969 Granger and Woodward merged as a school district.
You are now viewing the east side of Murray, Iowa on mainstret. The buildings are all empty now with no businesses in them. To the left down the street is a remodeled bank which is still open. The left building was a drug store with a soda fountain. I ate many chocolate sundaes on twirly seats. The opening is where the Agan's Barbershop stood. I find it interesting that they chose not to take down the brick part of the building. To the right was the hardware store.
My first cousin and her husband bought that store and ran it for many years. It then became a movie theater for a number of years, believe it or not. One more building sits to the right of this one that use to be a car repair shop and it was turned into a very successful cafe. On top of that building is an apartment and above that still stand a lookout, built by the town, to watch for Japanese bombers, during WW 2.
I have saved the best for last. This photo is a building that stood on main street three blocks away from where I live now. It looks like it was just finished in its construction in this photo. I like all the different architectural influences in the design. The banding design comes from Venice. The Roman arch of course come from Rome and there are dentil designs along the top and smaller ones in the middle. They are all designs from overses older classical buildings.
The Oddfellows, a mens lodge, probably built the building. They met at the top floor. On the main floor was a stage with opera house seats both main floor and with a balcony. It was said in the later years that a cafe was set up in the basement and served sandwiches all day. Of course the people in the United States tear everything down. The roof probably went bad and people who owned the building didn't have the money to replace it. Fire codes of the 1960's probably were probably not being met. It set empty for quite a while.
I moved to town in 1976. The building was torn down in 1975. What a big mistake for the city and for the history of Iowa. I never saw the building but saw the very rough parking lot that was created after it was gone. I find it difficult to find any info or more photos of the building on the net. I suppose it will take another generation of people from the town to start to send out the photos.
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