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Iola in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The “Spud Alley” Era

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 15, 2016
1. The “Spud Alley” Era Marker
Inscription. The first half of the 20th century found Depot Street, popularly referred to as “Spud Alley,” abuzz with potato buying, storage, grading, and packing activities. Potato warehouses lined the street and railroad rights-of-way from North Main to North Summit. A dairy farmer cash crop in the late 1800s, local yields commanded about a 10% quality premium over the prevailing 30 to 40-cents price range. In the early 1900s boxcar loads were regularly shipped to Milwaukee, Chicago, and as far away as Baltimore. From the late 1930s through World War II as many as 35 to 40 bulk boxcar loads of Red River Valley harvested potatoes arrived in “Spud Alley” daily for grading, government inspection, and sacking, destined for the military. A creamery when built in the 1890s, this building was a potato warehouse from 1917 to 1958, subsequently a grocery store, and since 1980 a Grayhill manufacturing plant. Commercial potato growing ceased locally in 2012 when Faldet Farms discontinued their operation.
 
Erected 2015 by Iola Historical Society. (Marker Number 7.)
 
Location. 44° 30.505′ N, 89° 7.907′ W. Marker is in Iola, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is on Depot Street 0.1 miles west of North
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 15, 2016
2. The “Spud Alley” Era Marker
Main Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 165 Depot Street, Iola WI 54945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1999 Father's Day Fire (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Iola Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Iola Mills (about 600 feet away); Krause Publications (about 600 feet away); Iola’s Dr. Loope (about 600 feet away); Iola’s Early History (about 700 feet away); Birthplace of Numismatic News (approx. ¼ mile away); Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iola.
 
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The “Spud Alley” Era Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 15, 2016
3. The “Spud Alley” Era Marker
Looking east along Depot Street toward Main Street
The “Spud Alley” Era Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 15, 2016
4. The “Spud Alley” Era Marker
Looking west along Depot Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2016, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 16, 2016, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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