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Today's "Throwback Thursday Collection" takes us to the unit block of West Avenue A on the south side.
Not many are old enough to remember, but Cow Creek was an open channel west of Main Street.
The first photo shows what that looked like in the early 1900s.
In 1928, the city commissioned the Stamey Construction Co. to cover the open channel from Main Street to Washington Street. The second photo shows that work in progress.
The creek is still open from Washington to Adams Street. This allowed more business access along Avenue A.
One of those businesses was the Bornholdt Feed & Seed downtown store, owned by Vernon and Edna Bornholdt. They also had the location at 1518 W. 4th that later became a garden center. The third photo shows the Bornholdt location at 13 W. Avenue A in 1959.
After the old Isham's Furniture Store building at 101 S. Main burned down in 1992, the city razed the entire south side of the block and developed the Avenue A Park and Splash Park. The fourth photo shows the park maintenance building today, approximately where the Bornholdt business was located.
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