THIS HUGE BRICK BUILDING on Evanston's Main Street must have been impressive for its time. Built in 1887 this mercantile store offered Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots & Shoes, Furniture, Hardware, Stoves, Groceries, etc. according to their sign. That's impressive for an establishment in the middle of nowhere. But you must remember they benefitted from supplies delivered by the railroad. Blyth and Fargo's motto was "We sell everything but fresh meat and drugs." But eventually they did sell fresh meat -- and even delivered the groceries!
The business thrived for generations -- over a century -- and today the venerable old building houses professional offices. But in those days it must have been wonderful to benefit from regular deliveries by the railroad. You might think of it as an early business model for Walmart, encouraging others to migrate west and make this their home.
Week 12, Miles 854