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Gilbert in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Liberty Market

Heritage District

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
1. Liberty Market Marker
Inscription. Eddie and Edith Dong built Liberty Market in 1936. It was a very modern store at that time. Ben Ong, a native of China, came to the United States in 1929 and began working at Liberty Market in 1936. Ben married Mae in a typical Chinese family arranged marriage that lasted 64 years. Ben and Mae managed and subsequently purchased the market from the Dongs in 1943. When the Ongs enlarged the store in 1957, Mae Ong designed the neon sign with the star over the "I" in Liberty. The sign is still on display in front of the building. In the early 1980's the market was purchased by the Sam Brommert family. In 2006 the Johnston family purchased the building and it was reopened as a restaurant in 2008 by Joe and Cindy Johnston and David and Kiersten Traina.

The fire pictured below took place in October 1938. The REO Speedwagon fire truck in the photo is currently on display at the Gilbert Historical Museum at the southwest corner of Elliot and Gilbert roads.
 
Erected 2012 by Gilbert Leadership Class XX 2012. A program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 33° 21.288′ N, 111° 47.389′ W. Marker is in Gilbert, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker is at the intersection of North Gilbert Road and West Page Avenue
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By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
2. Photo on Liberty Market Marker
, on the right when traveling south on North Gilbert Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert AZ 85234, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Creed Building (a few steps from this marker); The Bank of Gilbert (within shouting distance of this marker); Dance Pavilion (within shouting distance of this marker); Tone Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Pump House (within shouting distance of this marker); Clement's Garage (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gilbert Town Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gilbert Elementary School (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gilbert.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Liberty Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
3. Liberty Market Marker
Liberty Market image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2015
4. Liberty Market
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 2, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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