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Tour of Dows Street Historic District


If you stand on the sidewalk in front of the handsome brick Post Office, you can still experience the underlying structure of turn-of-the-century Ely. It is characteristic of town growth patterns that the main commercial districts develop along the street connecting the railroad and the highway (State Street). The brick Post Office is one of the oldest and most imposing buildings with its double storefront, cast iron supporting columns, and pressed metal cornices. It was built in 1889 as a Woitishek General Store and Grain &Livestock dealership.

Post Office 1901 Post Office 2004

Across Main Street to the east lies the grain elevator; its solid timber-framed building, now sided with metal, was built by Joseph Woitishek near the end of the year 1900. It was sold to C. S. King about 1903. In 1910 Frank J. Krob and Wes Fiala, his brother-in-law, purchased the elevator. In 1952 Frank Krob sold out to his three sons and his son-in-law.

Elevator Elevator 2004


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