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Baxter Springs in Cherokee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Polster Dry Goods Store

Baxter Springs Historic Walking Tour

 
 
Polster Dry Goods Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
1. Polster Dry Goods Store Marker
Inscription.
In May of 1893, the Polster Brothers, Charles, John and Ed, and their mother, Elizabeth Polster, had a grand opening for their new dry goods store. The public was entertained with music by an Italian harpist, and the building was lavishly decorated with plants and paintings. Their move to this location was prompted by a devastating fire that had destroyed the Polster Hotel, Dry Goods Store, and Drug Store one block north. All the businesses had been established by the father of the Polster Brothers, John Polster, who had come to Baxter Springs in 1867.

Several devastating fires promoted many business people to replace frame buildings with brick construction in the decades at the end of the century. For a period of about seven years, the Baxter Springs Post Office was located in the north part of the building. The Polsters closed the business in 1939.
 
Erected by Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum.
 
Location. 37° 1.519′ N, 94° 44.122′ W. Marker is in Baxter Springs, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is on Military Avenue (U.S. 69) near 10th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1021 Military Avenue, Baxter Springs KS 66713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Polster Dry Goods Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
2. Polster Dry Goods Store Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Drovers' and Farmers' Bank (a few steps from this marker); Ohlen's Restaurant and Bakery (a few steps from this marker); Murder of C. M. Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); Chicago Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Bischosberger Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Illinois Cash Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Phillips 66 Petroleum Company Gas Station (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baxter Springs.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Baxter Springs. (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum. (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Polster Dry Goods Store Tile Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
3. Polster Dry Goods Store Tile Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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