Alton in Osborne County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Historic Bohemian Hall & Cultural Center
Osborne County Historical Marker
In 1934 the Plainville-Zurich Lodge in southern Rooks County closed and requested to join the Western View Lodge. They also offered as part of the request their own 1890s building. The Western View Lodge agreed to the request, and the lodge building was relocated to land Joseph Rehor gave them to the east of Buffalo Ridge School.
At the December 1934 meeting it was agreed to get a license to hold dances and a lunch committee for the dances was named. In March 1935
In 1936 a stage was built on to the south end of the Hall and the exterior was finished in 1937. The basement under the stage was completed in 1938. A light plant was bought for lights in 1939 and put to good use until rural electricity arrived in 1952. That same year a new heating system was installed and around 1960 a new floor laid.
Many well-known and popular Czech and Polka bands of the time played for the dances. Other events held at the Hall included wedding dances, township elections and benefits for families. Western View Lodge donated money to Smith and Philips County Hospitals and to the Osborne and Rooks County Health Units. Money was raised for the March-of-dimes to be given to the four area counties (Phillips County included) and a polio fund dance was held.
Several decades passed, and as the rural population dwindled the old Bohemian Hall in Smith County was no longer being used. The Bull City Community Foundation (or BCCF), officially organized on January 29, 2001, and was established to strengthen the community of Alton economically and culturally. That same year the Bohemian Hall was offered to the
Dedicated BCCF members raised funds, moved the building to Alton, set it over A full basement, gave it a new life with updates, restrooms, a kitchen addition and other improvements. It became the Bohemian Cultural Center and remains a significant part of daily life in Alton as a restaurant and a location for dinner theaters, meetings, and various community events.
[The history of Western View Lodge #246 was Compiled in July 2002 from lodge records by then 92-year old Anna (Rehor) Poore.]
Funding for this marker provided by Alton Pride,
Western Fraternal Life Association, Western View Lodge #246
& The Bull City Community Foundation
Erected 2009 by Osborne County Tourism, Inc.
Location. 39° 28.021′ N, 98° 56.865′ W. Marker is in Alton, Kansas, in Osborne County. Marker is on Mill Street south of 2nd Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located along the sidewalk, beside the entrance to the
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Last Indian Fight in Osborne County (approx. 10.3 miles away).
More about this marker. This large, "poster-style" marker is sealed and exhibited in a tall, eye-level, wooden frame.
Regarding The Historic Bohemian Hall & Cultural Center. The Bohemian Hall & Cultural Center currently houses the "Bull City Café."
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