Along the nearly deserted Main Street of Mount Union are several well-preserved late nineteenth-century commercial buildings, Johnson Harness Shop and Smith Drugstore and Ice Cream Parlor, on the south side of the street, and to the west on the north side of the street, the H. R. Williams General Store building (c. 1880). On the Williams General Store, pressed metal that imitates masonry has been used to sheath the entire two-story building. These three buildings provide an excellent sense of what a main street in a small Iowa town was like in the early 1880s.
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