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Trego County Location

THANK YOU .... Trego WaKeeney State Bank
These photos are used with the permission of the Trego WaKeeney State Bank.
The photos appeared on their 2001 Calandar.

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Trego County State Bank 1907
Kansas Pacific Depot
built in 1879
Main Street, pictured in the early 1940s, was known as Franklin Street in the late 1800's. The main arteries of WaKeeney were paved with brick soon after the advent of the automobile. Completed in February 1925, the paving job cost $31,187.65, including the construction of storm sewers. The WaKeeney City Building was erected in 1937 & is the large white building visible in the upper left corner.
Built in 1879, the Oakes House was a hotel operated by Daniel Barclay. The hostelry was named for Oakes Ames, President of Union Pacific Railroad Company & a friend of city fathers Warren & Keeney. On February 23, 1880, the first grand ball was held in the Oakes House to honor Washington's birthday. The inn is now a private residence owened by John & Luetta Boeve.
Many remember Louis Place, built in 1928 by Louis Masopust. By day, the business was a busy full-service gas station & auto repair garage on the main floor. By night, the upstairs came alive with dancing & bootleg whiskey during Prohibition era. The property also housed vacation cabins for rent. Emil Masopust took over in the mid-1900s.
Louis Place was on U.S. Hi-wa 40 & was a popular Truck Stop in the 1940s & 50s. The Watson Brothers & P.I.E. truck lines made regular stops here. My parents delivered many a 48 count case of fresh farm eggs & Cream to the drivers & they bootleged it in to Denver.    Louis Place was demolished in 1989.
comments by: Gayle M. Garrett
The WaKeeney Opera House was built in 1880 by the Honorable J. F. Keeney, co-founder of WaKeeney, at a cost of over $20,000.00. The Two-story native chalk limestone structure was tragically destroyed by fire on February 4, 1895. This structure was located on the N/W corner of Main Street & Russell Ave.

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