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BACK IN TIME: Gurney Greenhouse fire aftermath

This photo was taken on Nov. 8, 1927, after a fire destroyed the heating plant at Gurney Greenhouse. According to the 1923 and 1930 Polk City Directories, the greenhouse was located on the corner of North Wisconsin Street and 12th Avenue. Two threshing machine boilers were borrowed from Mitchell Iron and Supply Company to heat the greenhouse, saving the $20,000 stock of flowers until a temporary heat plant could be built. (Photo courtesy of Mitchell Area Historical Society)