The Felt Block

The Felt Block (HM17CJ)

Location: Seneca, KS 66538 Nemaha County
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N 39° 50.067', W 96° 3.677'

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The Pony Express Museum is housed in the restored Felt Block built in 1880 by Seneca resident Andrew Felt, who later became Lt. Governor of Kansas. The design is an urbane Italianate style using cast iron fronts with applied columns and window caps - all made at a foundry in Seneca. The central entrance with a triangular pediment and stairs serve second floor offices.

As Seneca prospered, brick, stone and iron were the preferred building materials. Seneca's early Main Street had hastily built false-front structures as seen in many western movies, but after the Great Chicago Fire of 1870, most prairie towns discouraged wooden structures in their downtowns.

The Felt Block first housed a grocery store and the offices and presses of the Seneca Tribune that was established by Mr. Felt. After 1919 the building housed dry goods businesses; the last was Strathman's Variety which offered an array of merchandise for Seneca's fashion conscious. Strathman's closed in the 1960s yielding to chains such as J.C. Penney (two blocks away) which offered catalog items direct from Chicago and New York.
HM NumberHM17CJ
Placed ByCity of Seneca and Kansas Humanities Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 11:08pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 751472 N 4413516
Decimal Degrees39.83445000, -96.06128333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 50.067', W 96° 3.677'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 50' 4.02" N, 96° 3' 40.62" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-49 N 4th St, Seneca KS 66538, US
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