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Winterset in Madison County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

61 Jefferson Street

circa 1875

 
 
61 Jefferson Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
1. 61 Jefferson Street Marker
Inscription.

Eli Cox, builder of several local covered bridges, had the contract to build this structure. During the construction, gas pipes were incorporated in anticipation of soon having a source for lighting. The Opera House was originally on the second floor of this building and the buildings immediately east and west of this one. There were platforms and seating for 450-500 people. The City Hall was upstairs behind the Opera House.

From 1876 until the present (2006), the main floor of this building has been a restaurant. According to local legend, during Prohibition in the 1920's, one could purchase a pint of alcohol and receive it in a cigar box. Alcohol was also available in a cup of coffee. In 1994, several scenes from the movie "The Bridges of Madison County" were filmed at the Northside Cafe.
 
Erected 2006 by Madison County Antique Association.
 
Location. 41° 20.131′ N, 94° 0.838′ W. Marker is in Winterset, Iowa, in Madison County. Marker is on Jefferson Street west of John Wayne Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Building is on the north side of the courthouse square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 61 East Jefferson Street, Winterset IA 50273, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8
61 Jefferson Street and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
2. 61 Jefferson Street and Marker
Marker is on column to left of Northside Café
other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 63 Jefferson Street (here, next to this marker); 59 Jefferson Street (a few steps from this marker); 57 Jefferson Street (a few steps from this marker); 65 Jefferson Street (a few steps from this marker); 67 Jefferson Street (a few steps from this marker); 55 Jefferson Street (a few steps from this marker); 53 Jefferson Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 69 Jefferson (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Winterset.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Madison County, Iowa. (Submitted on March 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Discover Madison County, Iowa. (Submitted on March 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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