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Whitman-Douglas Company, ca. 1911



301 East 8th Street


UTM 17 514875E 3898394N


This brick building is a rare and intact example of the once common commercial/warehouse buildings that were built along the rail lines in the uptown area. Buildings such as this were found to the west and primarily to the east of the rail line in both First and Second Ward, and were used to warehouse paper, paints, all manner of dry goods and supplies, and groceries.   The building appears to have retained a good level of integrity with much of its original fenestration intact.  The building also dramatically demonstrates the historic reliance businesses had on the railroad. Tax records indicate that the building was constructed in 1910, however 1911 Sanborn maps of the city do not show the building. 





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