“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

I.O.O.F. Building

I.O.O.F. Building Marker image. Click for full size.
1. I.O.O.F. Building Marker
Inscription.  This building located at 202 Main Street in Lander, WY has weathered over a century of storied & varied history. The building before you was commissioned by, & constructed for, the local International Order of Odd Fellows in 1886. Initially the Odd Fellows Lodge occupied the upper level of the building, while James I. Patten maintained Lander's first drug store on the lower level. In 1887 the Fremont Clipper described Patten's store as carrying "an immense stock of drugs, toilet articles & druggist sundries". While the upper level reportedly was handsomely furnished & boasted electricity. James I. Patten was first, a teacher at Fort Washakie School, the served as the "Indian Agent" for the Shoshone tribe. Patten closed his Lander store in 1896. Eventually this location would house a Golden Rule store, a chain of stores that would be purchased by James Cash Penney, which by 1913 would be known as the J.C. Penney Company. Upon establishing a liquor license in the 1940's, the Stockgrowers Bar would take residence here, Over time the building would house an upstairs bowling alley & several more restaurants & drinking establishments.


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on March 18, 2017(6022) by South Pass 67'ers Historical Society #1867 & Al Packer Chapter #100 of The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
Erected 2017 by South Pass 67ers Historical Society #1867 & Al Packer Chapter #100 of The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is March 18, 1886.
Location. 42° 49.974′ N, 108° 43.753′ W. Marker is in Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is at the intersection of North 2nd Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling south on North 2nd Street. Marker is located on the side of the building facing 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 Main Street, Lander WY 82520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. IOOF Building - Golden Rule Store (here, next to this marker); Palace Pharmacy, Albany Hotel, US Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Lander Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Bossert Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lander's Mill (about 400 feet away); Fremont Hotel (about 400 feet away); Noble Hotel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lander.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 30, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 19, 2021