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Main Street Chillicothe Getting a Fresh Look
April 13, 2016

Main Street Chillicothe is getting a fresh look with the painting of a building in the 700 block of Washington Street. Chillicothe muralist Kelly Poling painted on the building Tuesday. The building is home to Klinginsmith Chiropractic and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. The new look is part of Main Street Chillicothe's facade renovation program.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Demolition of Overton Motors Making Way for Dollar General
By CATHERINE STORTZ
Mar. 10, 2016


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The Overton Motor Sales building was reduced to a pile of rubble Wednesday as a demolition crew tore down the structure to clear the path for a new Dollar General store. Dollar General plans to construct a building measuring 70 feet by 130 feet at a cost of $600,000, according to the building permit filed with the city of Chillicothe. Rich Kramer Construction, of Springfield, Mo., is the general contractor for the project. Overton Motor Sales, which had been family owned and operated for 80 years, closed in December 2015. The property included the building and a 10-spot trailer court behind the building. The trailers had been removed during the last few months. The new Dollar General Store structure will be built toward the back of the property, with a parking lot in front. The downhill slope toward the back of the lot is expected to be built up.

Metal Art Depicts Local History
May 7, 2015

CAPTION: Livingston County history is depicted in the form of metal artwork downtown. The two pieces that were commissioned through the Main Street Design Committee are that of a wagon and a train.

Some of Livingston County's important historical elements are not showcased in the form of metal artwork on the north side of the square in downtown Chillicothe. Main Street Design committee wanted new art pieces in the year round permanent concrete planters and, after discussion, they chose the theme of Livingston County History to showcase some important elements of local history. The two pieces of metal art that were commissioned were a wagon and a train that have been placed in the concrete planters on Webster Street.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Chillicothe was a point of convergence for three railways serving northern Missouri- Burlington, Wabash, and later the Milwaukee Road. This art piece also ties in with the mural on Locust Street, Railroad Boom, which depicts a countryside in the 1890s and the logos of each railroad line. Chillicothe was a major stopping point for wagons in Northwest Missouri as they traveled to St. Joseph and to the unsettled western frontier. Many early stores in downtown Chillicothe catered to the needs of these people heading west.

Also, Main Street is in the process of adding three new permanent planters on Washington Street: two in front of Citizen's Bank and Trust and one in front of the Donut Palace. "These new pieces will continue to bring life and color to our downtown," said Ben White, executive assistant for Main Street Chillicothe.

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