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Two will share honor of being oldest building in Mitchell

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A pair of buildings that are three years "newer" than the old Longhorn Bar will share the title of the oldest buildings in Mitchell when the Longhorn is demolished.

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A house at 408 E. First Ave., which was completed in 1882, and Harve's Sport Shop at 213 N. Main St., which was constructed in 1882, will now have the distinction.

That's according to a 2005 Daily Republic report on the oldest buildings in Mitchell based on a study commissioned by the Mitchell Area Historical Society in the 1990s. A review of the buildings on that list Wednesday showed all but one of the buildings surveyed 20 years ago is still standing.

Several buildings that were built in 1883 will come in next, including K&B Archery, 212 N. Main; the former Western Hotel, 210 W. Second, which is now a duplex; the Heyley Flats building at 316 N. Rowley; a house at 214 W. Seventh; another at 921 E. Seventh, reportedly moved from Firesteel after the town was abandoned; and the Goodykoontz House at 205 N. Duff.

Another building from that era is the Mitchell Iron & Supply building at 217 W. First Ave., which was built in 1884. It was built by the Beeson family, which still occupies it and runs a business from that location.

Samantha Beeson, the sales manager and a sixth-generation family member to work at the building, said a 20-foot by 20-foot area on the first floor, now used for storage, and the original elevator shaft are the remnants of the original building.

That's typical for the oldest buildings, as many, if not all, have been remodeled over the decades. All are located in the core of the city, where Mitchell began and its first buildings were built.

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