How Fort Dodge has changed over the years.
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Started by Gary Crouse. Last reply by Robert Maddox Jan 28.
Started by Joe Hendrickson May 3, 2013.
Started by David K. Adams. Last reply by Joe Hendrickson Mar 17, 2013.
Sorry to hear about the Laramar (formerly the Playmore Ballroom). I played in my band there many, many times with Roger Dunker and Rick Wind (from Humboldt). Also played the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake - where Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens played their last gig). I can still visualize The Dog House and the car hops, putting the tray on the car window. Best onion rings ever - along with those at The Dodger Lanes bowling alley. I keep trying to remake the Hi-Ho The Dairio's pork tenderloin sandwich, but my friends here on the Big Island of Hawaii LOVE what I have come up with. I even made it using wild boar from the island. Many of the places my band played in the 60's are gone, I'm sure: Anver's (across from the police station downtown), The Green Garter, Del's Tavern, Tony's Famous Restaurant (on Highway 20, west of the hospital), plus the FD Country Club, Starlite Village, American Legion country club, and the Elks and the Moose Lodge (played the old Moose Lodge on central avenue before it burned down and the Knights of Columbus which also burned in the Fantle's fire). I also played at the original Holiday Inn on the west side of town. I also remember when Pasquale's opened on the square and everyone was excited about the new food from New York - PIZZA! I started playing the organ live on KQTV and KVFD radio in 1963 and my band was the "house band" for a live music show on KQTV at 10 am on saturday mornings in 1967 - hosted by Vince Flemming. Haha! No Dick Clark was he. It all seems light years ago, but only yesterday.
I climbed up the old water tower several times as a kid with my friend John Moore. As a musician, I am very glad they rebuilt the band shell, but with they had kept the old benches that had so much charm - like the band shell in Central Park in NYC. I can still hear the noon whistle blow from the old Hormel plant by the river - could hear it all over town. I used to buy great clothes at Gate's Department Store, Larson's Clothing, and shoes at the Bootery on central avenue. Then get a vanilla phosphate, chuck wagon burger, and "shoe strings" at Constentines at central and 9th street. also used to hang out at MidBell Music on central. Those were great days downtown before the shopping center was built in the mid 60's. Very fond memories.
I was sorry to see the old water tower removed just a few years ago. But my very favorite Fort Dodge landmark was the 650 foot KQTV KVFD television tower at Television Square. That tower stood so tall it could be easily seen for many miles, especially to the west of Fort Dodge. I always made it a point to start watching for it when approaching town! I always knew I was getting close when I saw it coming into view. I really miss it, and I'm so sorry it is gone. I have many fond memories of KQTV and KVFD. Does anyone know how far the Channel 21 signal went when the station first started? When the Bradgate tower was built, it extended the signal to cover three times as many homes as the original tower covered.
I had a request by a classmate of mine for a photo of King's Restaurant and Fort Dodge Fruit and Grocery. If anyone has a photo of either those it would be appreciated if you'd share them here.
Thanks in advance!
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