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Northwestern Novelty Works | by Historic Cherokee, Iowa
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Northwestern Novelty Works

This shows the fire that completely destroyed Northwestern Novelty Works in August 1899. The fire was caused by an explosion of coal dust. The business was also known as Cherokee Novelty Works. It was located on East Cedar Street just across Railroad Creek (notice wooden bridge in foreground) from North 2nd Street. This is the first block north of what was Wilson School. This was a time of several fires in the city as many businesses were of wood frame construction and heated by coal or wood stoves.

Previously this was the location of the Ramsden Foundry Building and in later years the site of Clark Construction Company.

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Taken on August 1, 2012