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Wathena Fruit Growers' Association Building

Picture of property 104 Third Street
Wathena (Doniphan County)
Listed in National Register 2009-12-17

Architect: Wagenknecht, Henry, builder
Category: commerce

The Wathena Fruit Growers' Association Building was built in 1909 in downtown Wathena. The building is located near the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific and the St. Joseph and Grand Island railroad lines that allowed farmers to ship their produce to markets west, northwest, and southwest of Wathena. The two-story Commercial-style building served as a central meeting place for the fruit growers who worked for a consistent and fair market in which to sell their produce. The association owned the building until 1945 when it was sold to the Farmers' State Bank. The building was nominated for its association with local commerce, the fruit industry in Doniphan County, and as a good local example of early 20th century Commercial-style architecture.



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