Near Adel in Dallas County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The original Panther store started in response to the business the blacksmith and tin shops were generating. The original store sat on the southeast corner of the intersection and was operated by Israel Beaver. In February of 1898 a group of farmers started a new general store building on the northwest corner (where you are now). Because it served a vast area, the Panther store sold a wide variety of things. It also served as a place to socialize on Saturday nights.
It was the construction of Highway 44 that brought the most change to Panther. The road linked the Panther area with the neighboring communities. Eventually a garage was built at Panther as more people began to drive cars and needed repairs for those cars. However as people depended more on the automobile, the store lost most of
Erected by Tileyard Hill Questers.
Location. 41° 41.315′ N, 94° 6.348′ W. Marker is near Adel, Iowa, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of J Avenue (County Route P58) and 240th Street (Iowa Highway 44), on the right when traveling south on J Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2399 County Highway P58, Adel IA 50003, United States of America.
Regarding Panther. Noted at the bottom right corner of marker:
The text in this exhibit is from an article title "Panther Store Revisited, printed in the publication, Wildrows,Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring 1978. The original text has been edited. This sign was sponsored by the Tileyard Hill Questers.
Also see . . .
1. Skelly Oil - Wikipedia. The gas station in Panther, both in the 1930s and 1940s sold Skelly Oil. Later Skelly would become part of Getty Oil as this link describes. (Submitted on May 17, 2010, by John Desaulniers, Jr. of Mingo, Iowa.)
2. Iowa Non-Registered Routes [Panora Speedway] (Submitted on May 17, 2010, by John Desaulniers, Jr. of Mingo, Iowa.)
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