Barney’s Matchbook Cover
September 22, 2016 – 12:07 am | 3 Comments

Locals know Barney’s Corner as a gas station, but early on it was much, much more.
I believe this matchbook cover comes from around the 1940s. Back then there was food and dance.
Barney was Keith Malcom’s brother …

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Nitrogen Plant at La Grande

Submitted by on May 19, 2011 – 2:03 pm3 Comments
Nitrogen Plant at La Grande

Nitrogen Plant at La Grande

In the early 1900s, the American Nitrogen Products Company built a large plant on the rail line — on the north side of La Grande — to produce nitrate of soda crystals.

Although I don’t know who American Nitrogen Products Company’s customers were, sodium nitrate is used in making potassium nitrate, fertilizers, and explosives.

The building has since burned down, but it was impressive in its day.

In front of the plant are the futuristic La Grande homes, with no chimneys because they were lit and heated with electricity.

Photo courtesy of Rich Williams.

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