June 14, 2017
You are reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Today’s broadcast is about another in our series about historic buildings in downtown Junction City. This information comes from our free pamphlet titled “A Walking Tour”, which is available at our Museum at the corner of Sixth and Adams Streets in Junction City.
Today we will be sharing about the Hall and Porter Building located at 712 to 714 North Washington Street. This is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Junction City. It housed Hall and Porter Drugs, which was organized by E.T. Porter in 1866. An 1870 photo shows a flat stone façade, which was replaced with the current brick in the 1940’s. The stone is still visible on the north side in the alley. Later tenants included: People’s Drug Store, Louis Teitzel Photography (which was upstairs), the W.G. Glick Jewelry store, the J.C. Teitzel Shoe Store, Lashelle Shoe Store and Lancaster Grocery Store.
The current business at 712 North Washington is Flint Hills Investment and Midway Travel is at 714 North Washington Street. We again encourage you to take a walk downtown and see some of these historic buildings, but first stop by our Museum and pick up a copy of the free “Walking Tour” pamphlet to make your tour even more interesting.