Rogers was a small village until the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway (the Frisco) came through in 1881 and made it a stop. Among the entrepreneurs who moved in was H. L. Stroud, who established a dry goods store here, adding it to his chain that was founded in Kansas City, Missouri. It was Walnut Street’s largest commercial building. Although the ground story has been modernized with large plate glass windows, the Italianate design of the upper facade, with its tall windows united by a continuous stringcourse, remains unaltered. The decorative pressed metal cornice was an economical means of enriching a facade in the period.
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H. L. Stroud Dry Goods Store
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