Rominger / KFOR Building

343 5th St

Circa 1914

The Rominger Building, also known as the KFOR Building, is the oldest building in the downtown business square. In the late 1800s, various uses of the building included a blacksmith shop, carriage factory, and carpentry shop. In the early 1900s, it was a paint shop; in the 1920s, a tire store. KFOR radio had its start here in 1924 as the fourth radio station in Nebraska. In subsequent years, a variety of businesses were in this building: a laundry, a gas station, a flower shop, and a salon.

The building to the south was used as a blacksmith and carriage shop. The building across the alley to the north was the Hotel Perkins.

In the early 1910s, the city streets were still bare dirt, with occasional sidewalks that kept pedestrians’ shoes and clothing clean.

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From a November 29, 1984 article in The Banner-Press.

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