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Ouray Bakery: 1940

Ouray Bakery: 1940

September 1940. "Store buildings at Ouray, Colorado." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Mesker Store Fronts

Waymarking reports:

Hammond & Waring Grocery/Schwend & Mostyn Produce built this store in 1900 on the main street of Ouray, Colorado. It is still a family-owned grocery store with hours of 8 am to 6 pm, Monday thru Saturday, year round.

This structure is a Mesker Building. Mesker Brothers of St. Louis were a primary supplier of anything from building parts to complete structures around the 1900s. Building could come on the railroad trains cars and be quickly assembled. This is the time of great industrial development in America. We often think of the mass production of automobiles, but the same occurred in buildings - both commercial and residential.

Hip, Hip, Ouray!

I'm sure that was the town's motto.


Judging by the dented fenders and broken taillight, it looks like this 1938 Studebaker Coupe Express pickup has led a rough life in the few years it's been on the road.

Better than new

Now Duckett's Market:

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