|Photo courtesy of Mary Smith (WFFOL Calendar)|
"wanna be's" standing in front of what is now the Lil O' Opry.
But, all levity aside, this old building has served West Fork for a century or more. If you look on the cast iron corners on each side, you'll see the date 1886 and that the cornerirons were cast in Neosho, MO. It has served as a hotel, a bank, lumber yard, hardware store and more. It has protected women's house plants in its windows during the winter. And now it is the home of great music and family entertainment every Saturday night, featuring great talent from all around our area near and far.
Young people, it would be worth your time and effort to ask your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents about their memories and experiences of this building and other buildings along Campbell, McKnight, and Main Streets. This is all part of your heritage and your family's heritage and for those who have moved here, like myself, it is part of the history of the town we now call home. Good stuff, great stuff! Kay and I live in a house that is on the location of the old Hardin Hotel and framed out of the lumber from that old building. We remodeled a house on Cedar Street that was built in the 1890's. The upgrades will make the house useful to Kay's mom and maybe other families for years to come. Around the corner on McKnight Street, we remodeled an 1890's house that was once occupied by Clyde Helsby, who operated the blacksmith's shop next to it to the south. It is now home to a young couple.
|Photo courtesy of Henri McCorkle|
(George, sorry it took a while to get to the point.)