The long planned demolition of one of the last turn-of-the-century buildings in downtown Purdy took place last week. The structure that previously housed the Purdy post office was declared unsafe in 2017, prompting the relocation of postal service from another town. Ed Mareth, owner of the Project Genesis program and builder of the park behind the building, has sought its demolition for several years to expand the park. Contributed photo
The long planned demolition of one of the last turn-of-the-century buildings in downtown Purdy took place last week.
This photo of downtown Purdy from 1908 shows the two-story building in its heyday, at the time housing Rose Dry Goods story, Gurley Brothers Hardware and a cafe. The one-story building immediately to the left of the structure was the original Purdy post office, and the Purdy Bank was located at far left, both of which relocated over time into the two-story structure. File photo/The Monett Times