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On my monitor, this digital image is not nearly as rich-colored and vivid as the actual painting/print. I love that Mother (Marion Gunderson) included three landmarks in this Gilmore City, Iowa, watercolor.
Last night I took photos from approximately the same vantage point I believe Mother had for this Gilmore City painting. I’m including a day-old photo to compare with Mother’s 1951 watercolor of Gilmore City.
According to the Pocahontas County, Iowa, History compiled in 1981, “Misfortune struck in the spring of 1947 when a fire of undetermined origin destroyed the main wooden elevator in Gilmore City. That fall the Board voted to replace the destroyed structure with a new cement elevator. This was to be the first elevator made entirely out of cement in this part of the country. The Board of Directors and the managers spent many long hours of study on the plans of this new 125,000 bushel capacity elevator. The cost of this new facility was approximately 60 cents per bushel capacity or $75,000.”* more…