The "Spud Alley" Era Historical

The "Spud Alley" Era Historical (HM1UHE)

Location: Iola, WI 54945 Waupaca County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 30.505', W 89° 7.907'

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The first half of the 20th century found Depot Street, popularly referred to as "Spud Alley," abuzz with potato buying, storage, grading, and packing activities. Potato warehouses lined the street and railroad rights-of-way from North Main to North Summit. A dairy farmer cash crop in the late 1800s, local yields commanded about a 10% quality premium over the prevailing 30 to 40-cents price range. In the early 1900s boxcar loads were regularly shipped to Milwaukee, Chicago, and as far away as Baltimore. From the late 1930s through World War II as many as 35 to 40 bulk boxcar loads of Red River Valley harvested potatoes arrived in "Spud Alley" daily for grading, government inspection, and sacking, destined for the military. A creamery when built in the 1890s, this building was a potato warehouse from 1917 to 1958, subsequently a grocery store, and since 1980 a Grayhill manufacturing plant. Commercial potato growing ceased locally in 2012 when Faldet Farms discontinued their operation.
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Year Placed2015
Placed ByIola Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 330551 N 4930554
Decimal Degrees44.50841667, -89.13178333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 30.505', W 89° 7.907'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 30' 30.3" N, 89° 7' 54.42" W
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Area Code(s)715
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 165 Depot St, Iola WI 54945, US
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