The L.O. Gale Building, located on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street, was destroyed by fire in the early-morning hours of April 28, 1908. Gale had constructed the building after the first Corn Palace was torn down and moved to the corner of Fifth Avenue and Main Street.
In 1904, Mitchell was in a tough fight with Pierre for the state capital. This is a state capital campaign photo of the old City Hall taken by Hoyt Cox in 1904. It was built of jasper granite at a cost of $55,000.
The main street of Armour in the early 1900s is seen in this photo. Apparently, some type of contest is taking place with the barrels and the man with the bull. There is a man standing on a ladder behind the barrels; perhaps he is the judge. The sign on the side of the building on the right says it’s a real estate office and the sign on front says Reservation Land Office. On the left is the Billiard Hall, a hardware store, a drugstore and jewelry store. (Photo courtesy Mitchell Area Historical Society)
Shown are the remains of Kress Drug after it was consumed by fire on April 14, 1950. The fire had started in the Widmann Hotel and spread across First Avenue to the Kress Drug building. This building was torn down and replaced by a one-story building in which Kress Drug reopened in September 1950. In the front part of the basement, Ed Nobis’ barbershop also reopened. Nobis formerly occupied the same space in the old building. Singer Sewing Machine Store now occupies the building.
Fire destroyed the four story Widmann Hotel and two other buildings on April 14, 1950. The fire, believed to have originated in the Moose Club Rooms, which occupied the northeast corner of the first floor, was discovered at about 7:55 a.m. by Mrs. Robert Miller, a maid at the hotel.
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