June 13, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
During the next couple of weeks of broadcasts during this time we will be sharing more information about the historic buildings in downtown Junction City.
The source is a free pamphlet we have at our Museum titled “A Walking Tour”.
Today we will visit the Blattner and Blakey Building at 615 to 617 North Washington. 615 is occupied by a video games store, however, 617 North Washington is currently unoccupied. The Blattner and Blakey Building was a hardware business as early as 1874 and was mostly in the south half of that building. By 1885, John Davisons’ carriage and buggy business was located there and Palace clothing occupied the northern part of the building, which was added in about 1880. The date at the top of the Blattner and Blakey Building represents a remodeling, which visually joined the two buildings. Other later occupants of this building were the Glick Jewelry Store, the Rizers’ shop, Lytle’s Berkshire Department Store and Gatherings on the Prairie.
Next time you are downtown, take a closer look at the Blattner and Blakey Building at 615 to 617 North Washington Street. Take along a copy of our free pamphlet and see downtown Junction City in a different way than perhaps you have seen it before. You will see why we say: “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.