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Indianola in Warren County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

104 West Ashland

 
 
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Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2021
1. 104 West Ashland Marker
Inscription.  This building, built in 1876, was originally owned by Edd R. McKee, a partner of the First National Bank two doors down. Many businesses rented out this storefront as both Indianola and the square grew. The first known business to reside here was Chicago Clothing House which resided here through much of the 1880's. After the transfer of the Chicago Clothing House to Kansas, Mr. McKee operated a shoe business here himself for a brief period.

W. A. Liston moved his Palace Book Store here in 1897. Upon completion of the new post office building in 1905, he moved four doors west leaving this building vacant (see photo above). A. W. Barker brought the shoe business back to this location for a few years until P K. McKee took over the family property and moved the Star Clothing House here from the east side of the square. Messrs. Askey and Stire continued the tradition of selling high quality clothing at this address from 1914 to 1927 when the business turned over once again.

For the next twenty-five years The Book Shop resided here until moving to 114 West Ashland in 1953. Not wanting to keep a storefront empty, the Iowa Power and
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Light Company moved from Salem Avenue and set up offices here until 1974. Vacant once again, 104 West Ashland became home to Hogan's Sporting Goods, Green's Photo Service, and Johnson's Photo and Paint Center in succession. In 1993 the book business returned for a brief period before the cycle turned once again and an art gallery opened. First known as the Sketchbook Art Gallery & Design and it became the Painted Pony Gallery in 2004.
 
Erected by Warren County Philanthropic Partnership; Girl Scouts Troop 225; and The Painted Pony. (Marker Number 820.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
 
Location. 41° 21.686′ N, 93° 33.675′ W. Marker is in Indianola, Iowa, in Warren County. Marker is on West Ashland Avenue west of North Howard Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, on the right/east corner of the front façade. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 West Ashland Avenue, Indianola IA 50125, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 102 West Ashland (a few steps from this marker); 100 West Ashland (a few steps from this marker); 116 West Ashland (within shouting distance of this marker);
104 West Ashland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2021
2. 104 West Ashland Marker
126 North Howard (within shouting distance of this marker); 118 West Ashland (within shouting distance of this marker); 124 North Howard (within shouting distance of this marker); 122 North Howard (within shouting distance of this marker); 120 North Howard (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianola.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Warren County Courthouse Square
 
104 West Ashland Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2021
3. 104 West Ashland Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 13, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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