Wall collapses from North Street building

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Marshall police officers study a structure after its wall collapsed Tuesday, Feb. 2. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

Bricks came tumbling down when a portion of an exterior wall of a North Street building collapsed Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 2.

Marshall Police Department secured the surrounding area and City Inspector Mike Morgan did a study of the building.

The wall was part of a structure at 161, 159 and 157 North Street. The building is marked in history -- its face reflecting a "1891 Masonic Hall" inscription and its west side boasting a CocaCola wall advertisement.

City Inspector Mike Morgan is lifted up by a fire truck to get a better view of damage after a portion of a wall collapsed Tuesday afternoon. (Arron Hustead/Democrat-News)

With the assistance of the Marshall Fire Department, Morgan was able to get a better view of the damage, which occurred on an upper level.

More information to follow...

Rooms on the upper level of a North Street building, in Marshall, are exposed after the wall collapsed Tuesday. (Arron Hustead/Democrat-News)
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  • I will miss old West North, c. 1955. Langan's Grocery at the west end (I think), Earl's pool hall in the middle more or less, a couple of beer joints. On the other side, Missouri Valley Stores. In the 50's it was a thriving place, though we were told nice people avoid the bars, especially after dark. Apparently it was also the location of the old Mary Lou theater, though I don't know the exact location. (And who the heck was Mary Lou, anyway? For that matter, who was Earl? His establishment introduced me to snooker, the King of Billiards in my estimation.) I wonder if the block will be another parking lot for ConAgra. It would be nice if us oldies would post our memories on the reader comments section. Or maybe right here, since the other blog is so full of current political/social commentary.

    -- Posted by Bob Kennedy on Tue, Feb 2, 2016, at 6:21 PM
  • I loved going to the Missouri Valley Store with my Mother. We have one of the display cabinets from there that is now a China Cabinet.

    -- Posted by radargart on Wed, Feb 3, 2016, at 4:03 PM
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