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Hidden in Plain Sight: Last look at saloons in city in 1904

9:49 AM, Jun. 7, 2013  |  Comments
Ken Wood
Ken Wood
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Author's note: The last of a look at saloons and businesses on Central Avenue in 1904.

Crossing Fifth Street ,we find on the east side of Central Avenue, G. R. Gustafson's General Store (present day address and business name, if any: 501 Crabby Dave's). Next is a furniture shop, then Charles Ehler's Saloon. It would appear from the Sandborn Fire Map that the furniture shop is the present location of The Swamp (511).

What is today the Mobil Car Wash was occupied in 1904 by Peter Weiland's Laundry, a livery stable and a carriage house. We now are at the southeast corner of Sixth and South Central.

Going back to the southwest corner of Fifth and Central, we find Nick Ludovixk's Saloon (500-504 Burn's Insurance), a dwelling and Yip Shin Lee's Laundry (510 Car Quest), then three dwellings(550 Heinzen Printing) and a general store on the corner (554 Edward Jones Investments).

Crossing East Sixth Street, we find the public school sitting in the middle of the block between Sixth and Seventh streets. On the west side of the street, at 600, is a steam laundry and at 602 a grocery store, then a dwelling, a vacant lot, another grocery store, a vacant lot and two dwellings. Today the block is occupied by City Hall.

We are now at Seventh Street, Park Street and South Central Avenue. Seventh Street crosses Central and continues east at this date. Today, it is the area of Element Mobile and the strip mall. Then there were two dwellings before the railroad tracks crossed from the northeast.

Along Central from East Sixth Street to East Seventh Street were three dwellings and a grocery store that was next to Felix LaPoint's Montreal Hotel. Today, this would be around the front of the Hiller Hardware parking lot.

In the general location of Hiller's Hardware and the warehouses behind it was the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha passenger and freight depots. Near the warehouse was the roundhouse.

Where Nutz Deep II is today was Alex LaPoint's New Northwestern Hotel and saloon. The saloon was run by Charles Rochon.

On the west side of South Central, about where the Gondolier Restaurant is today, was Fred Korth's Omaha House, a boarding house and saloon.

South Central from the New Northwestern Hotel to East Ninth Street was mainly dwellings. Where Gafney Plumbing is located was a hardware store with stoves and farm implements.

The last saloon on South Central in 1904 was on the southwest corner of South Central and Bakerville Road (14th Street today). Where The Store and the Subway are was a dwelling, saloon and dance hall, all in one complex and operated by Mrs. Margaret Tremmel.

There are four saloons we did not mention that are located off Central Avenue. The first was the Mansion House run by Fred O. Ray and located at 114 S. Chestnut, now the Baltus Oil Express Lube.

Another was Lorenz Hartl's saloon at 114 W. Second St., the second building west of the alley on the south side of Second Street.

The third was next to the armory on the southeast corner of South Second Street and Chestnut Avenue, now the parking lot across from the post office. The first floor of the Armory building was a bowling alley, and the Armory was on the second floor. Where the post office is now was a bottling works.

The fourth was John Brackendorf's saloon, The Mint, at 107 E. Third St., now the Tanning Beach. It was located across the street from the telephone company at 108-110 E. Third. N. H. Lewis, osteopathic physician, had is office in the telephone company building. The post office also was located there.

Next to The Mint was Mason's Photography at 109 E. Third St.

There was one saloon for every 167 people in the city in 1904.

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