Historical Buildings of Avoca thru the Years . . .
1969 Centennial photograph including the Avoca Post Office and the old Fullerton Lumberyard that was located north of it. (Courtesy Becky Woltmann)
This was the old Wendt Produce Building that is being torn down in late 2019. Here you can see the building getting down to some of the earlier look after asbestos in the old siding has been removed. Enjoy this photo as soon this old piece of Avoca History will be demolished. Photo taken November...
December 23, 2019 -- The old Wendt Produce Building seen in the previous photo on 11/25 was being demolished today 12/23. Here's how it looked early afternoon from the south. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
These grain storage quonsets owned by Darren Becker who had purchased them from The Scoular Company of Hancock are in the process of being demolished. Here they are viewed from the west and still intact on March 7, 2020. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
View from the east after about half of the quonset had been demolished. Photograph taken March 15, 2020. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Two grain bins used to sit north of the quonset. This is a view of one of the grain bins after it had been demolished. Its base is still visible. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Driving by the area on May 1, 2020 found the entire quonset torn down and hauled away. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Identified as Kubik's Korner in Avoca with Roger & Betty Kubik posing in front. (Posted on "Facebook" by Rick Blum to the Walnut Creek Historical Society page. 04/05/2020.)
The Avoca Physicians Clinic officially opened for business on January 17, 1983 following an Open House on January 16th. Dr. R. E. Donlin and Dr. R. D. Harris announced regular office hours for the clinic five mornings each week. The clinic was a joint effort between the Harlan Hospital and the Avo...
Avoca Speedee Mart changed hands March 25, 2020 when David & Roxanne Jacobsen retired. New owner is from the Omaha area, and the business will retain the same name. Photo taken June 27, 2020 when regular gas was $1.99 per gallon. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Casa Mexicana located at 133 North Elm Street in Avoca opened it doors to customers June 27, 2020. Previously known as the Old Main Street Grille. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Entrance to Casa Mexicana on the northwest corner of the old hotel building in downtown Avoca. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
The Hairloom beauty shop located at 107 North Elm Street was in the process of changing ownership at the end of August 2020. Owner Carolyn Spencer was retiring after years of beautician work in the Avoca community. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Front of The Hairloom part of the building with the entrance door to the left (which can be viewed in the previous photograph). (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
New name ~ Tillie's Salon & Boutique ~ graces the front window at 107 North Elm Street. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Farmall-Land USA located at 2101 North LaVista Heights Road owned and operated by Jerry and Joyce Mez was having its "Farewell Season" ending September 27, 2020. The amazing collection which included over 200 restored IH tractors plus thousands of other items will be sold at an ONLINE ONLY AUCTION ...
Sign announcing the "Farewell Season" for Farmall-Land USA April 4th thru September 27, 2020. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Seen in Farmall-Land USA Museum ~ this ad appeared in "The Journal-Herald" newspaper dated January 13, 1949 announcing the GRAND OPENING of the Avoca Implement Company located at 502 West High Street, now Titan Machinery Company. (Farmall-Land USA Exhibit)
This picture was also at Farmall-Land USA Museum. It is identified as at the intersection of High and Pine Streets on Highway 83 westbound. It shows the "future home of Avoca Implement." (This photo copied from 1st movies made in Avoca. -by- Raleigh Woltmann.)
March 21, 2021 progress of the new addition being built on the west side of the Titan Machinery Building. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Wings America first opened their doors in May 1998 according to a post by Paula Eichelberger on Facebook. Paula started working there in February of 1999. Her September 27, 2020 post indicated that in a few weeks they will officially have a new name "Eagles Landing." (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Photograph of the Eagles Landing entrance with the American Pie Cafe - west side of building located at 7005 North Chestnut Street. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
More changes are coming to Main Street in Avoca perhaps by the end of the 2020 year. Family Dental Center which has been at 178 South Elm Street with retiring dentist Timothy Kreifels D.D.S., P.C. will be moving to a new location with dentist Chet MeNeely D.D.S. Stay tuned for news of the change. ...
Advertisement in "The Journal-Herald" newspaper published in Avoca, Iowa on November 12, 2020 on page 3 announcing the upcoming Open House for the new location of the "Family Dental Center" with Dr. Chet Meneely, and the new business of "Kite Family Chiropractic" with Dr. Paul Kite and Dr. Brian Han...
View of the entire building at 170 North Elm Street with "Family Dental Center" and "Kite Family Chiropractic." (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
This is the photograph from the Assessor's website showing the location of the current Piittmann Seed Company building at 563 South Locust Street built in 1956. (Pottawattamie County Assessor website)
This photo shows the original Piittmann Seed Company building which was built for $20,000 by Clarence Piittmann sometime after he moved into Avoca in 1946. The original building is the one to the left and would have been located approximately where the grain bins are in the Assessor's photo. To th...
This old Piittmann Seed Company building was on the curvy road. There are several metal grain bins there now. Clarence Piittmann was the original owner of Piittmann Seed Company . His son Marvin Piittmann assumed operation after Clarence died in 1966. (Courtesy John DeSchamp)
Music loving Germans formed a club in 1894 called the Avoca Gesang Verein. They financed the building of a Pavilion in the northeast part of town that same year. There were dressing rooms and a large ballroom. It was a popular place for dances, graduation exercises, plays, private parties and co...
I'm guessing that this picture of the "Hummers Club" was probably taken inside the Gesang Verein building. Gesang Verein loosely translates to Choral Society. Numbers at the bottom of the photo might indicate it was taken 3/19/1924.
This is a photo from an early Avoca postcard showing the Avoca Water Works building near the old viaduct on Highway 59. A neat thing about this photo is that the old Avoca Depot can be made out in the far left of the photo. The old car in the photograph is a two-toned green 1949 Chevy that belonge...
The Water Works plant located at 115 West Lyon Street was sold in 2007 and has been transformed into an apartment complex. Photo taken March 6, 2021. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Old postcard of the Rock Island Depot in Avoca with train on track and water tower visible. Note the old car parked at the depot.
This postcard was identified as the CRI&P (Chicago-Rock Island-Pacific) Depot in Avoca, Iowa dated 1967. This replaced the old depot building. Note the Avoca Water Works plant in the background. You can see the addition that was built on the west side in 1963.
These beautiful pieces of furniture were donated to the Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum by Joyce Mez after being used in Jerry's office at Farmall-Land USA before it closed in 2020. They were originally from the old Avoca Depot. (See more detail on these pieces at the Avoca Museum.) (Courtesy Barbara ...
The original black leather upholstery remains on the back of the pieces; also, original bottom and springs. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Work being done on the Drive-Thru area for the Shelby County State Bank opening in February. Taken January 30, 2021. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
After remodeling the old US Bank building at 155 South Elm Street in Avoca, the Shelby County State Bank is "Now Open" for business. Clicked this photo February 17, 2021. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
March 21, 2021. Official SCSB sign on front of the bank building at 155 South Elm Street in Avoca. (Courtesy Barbara Butcher)
Email received March 23, 2021 announcing the April 5-9, 2021 Open House Week for the Avoca branch of the Shelby County State Bank. Employees are Adam Long, Madison Doonan, and Morgan Allen.
Names and street addresses associated with these businesses were taken from the book "A Community History Avoca, Iowa. 125 Years of History. 1869-1994" which was published to go along with Avoca's Quasquicentennial celebrated in July 1994. (Note that holding your mouse over a photograph will pause the photo in the slide show. Click on picture to enlarge. Click on four-arrow pointed icon to go full screen.)