If These Bricks Could Talk 


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Volume One

Through pictures and stories you will learn of the early years of Blair.   

Washington Street is rich in history.  Starting at 15th and Washington, you will read about John Aye and his seed corn center of the world!   Gus Rathmann and his blacksmith shop that turned into his Ford car dealership.  Jehu H Hungate built his bank building at the corner of 16th and Washington and he was the only pioneer to build two brick buildings on main street, both of which are still standing today.  The Castetter family, very prominent in the early development of Blair and then suddenly the Castetter Bank closed in 1921.  There was the druggist, the Honorable William Haller, and all his home remedies.   EC Pierce bought lots at the March 10, 1869 lot sale and started his undertaking and furniture business.  Joe Marks, the traveling peddler, and later he built on Washington Street.  PZ the shoe man was a flamboyant merchant.  LF Hilton and his 1869 newspaper, his wife Teresa and her millinery shop.  Blair had photographers, many grocery stores, harness shops, boot makers, very early on there were implement dealers and livery barns on Washington Street.   Volume 1 is 375 pages starting with the Carter Brothers, John I Blair, and Washington Street.

Volume Two

 It features 405 full color  pages.  You will learn of businesses that were not on Washington Street.  There are many sections: hospitals, schools, courthouse, the statue, the firehouse and city hall, the jails, streets, railroad bridge and the car bridge, celebrations, Blair’s trees, and so much more.   Also included is pioneer family history and numerous tidbits.  

My family and I have had two
walking tours.  For those of you that attended either of these tours, my grandchildren played the parts of some of the early pioneers and all of us walked from place to place.


I am offering private tours.  If you are interested please contact me.  A private tour is myself, and two to three others traveling in a car.  

BOOKS AVAILABLE LOCALLY  at Country Gardens, 1502 Washington Street, Blair.  



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For inquiries, please contact Donna Henton 

 402.426.9581                ifthesebrickscouldtalk@gmail.com

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