Louden Barn Catalog

July 31, 2011

Louden Barn Plans Catalog.
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1909 map Northwest of Fairfield Iowa square.
‎1909 map of Fairfield, detail. The Grand Opera House is at upper right, at the corner of N. Main and E. Briggs, where Tribune Printing is now. The Post Office was at 113 W. Broadway, where Red Rock Tavern is now. The Hotel Broadway stood at the corner of 2nd St. and W. Broadway, where the Post Office is now; the First Baptist Church was at the corner of 3rd and W. Broadway, where the new Baptist Church is now; and the Congregational Church stood at the corner of 3rd and W. Burlington, where the First Christian Church is now. The Fairfield National Bank stood at 60 S. Main, corner of Burlington, where the Teeple-Hansen Gallery is now. Note the Park was still round!

“…Stewart brothers of Fairfield, Iowa, who in 1926
formed the Universal Producing Company to assist amateurs
in staging plays….flappers in the 1920s, the Depression in
the 1930s….By 1934 Universal was booked to produce more
than 3,000 performances, about ten shows a weeknight across
the nation, employed 225 coaches and a swarm of salesmen,
and billed itself as the largest producer of amateur theatricals
in the world. Between 1928 and 1934 more than 1,000,000 amateur
actors appeared in casts of its productions, which played to
more than 6,000,000 people.”
The Pursuit of Knowledge Under Difficulties: From Self-Improvement to Adult Education in America, 1750-1990 by Joseph F. Kett, Stanford University Press, 1994, page 338.

Orpheum Theater, Fairfield, Iowa.

Orpheum Theatre, Fairfield, Iowa, above.

Orpheum Theater, Fairfield, Iowa, detail.

Details of above photo, left.
Top: Customers linger at the back door
Bottom: Sign: “Big Show To-Night”

Where can you find old Fairfield Iowa plat books?

The Deed Room in the Courthouse, and the Library are two possibilities. The 1871 Township Maps of Jefferson Co. are online at http://iagenweb.org/jefferson/1871_Jefferson_Cnty_Maps/1871_Maps.html. Jacob’s Ladder and other antique shops will sometimes have them as well.

‎There are 30 locations in Jefferson County on the National Register of Historic Places: http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/ia/Jefferson/state.html

Popcorn Booth in Fairfield, IA.

Korn Popper booth on the corner of N. Main and Broadway, in its second to last incarnation. The booth was decorated by Pamela Macey and used during Art Walk. Read comments about the popcorn stand on Facebook.