Then & Now: Old National Guard Armory

Soldiers line up inside the National Guard Armory building at
2015 W. Third St. in Hastings in this photo taken in August
1959. Today, the building is home to the city's Parks and
Recreation Department as well as other community uses.

Then: Shortly after a National Guard Unit was established in Hastings in 1920, the cornerstone for the city's first Armory Building was laid on June 12, 192, at First Street and Lexington Avenue.

The building was destroyed by a fire on Feb. 26, 1934. The fire claimed not only the building but also equipment used by Company G and the 130th Ambulance Company and gear of the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. The building was rebuilt by the same stock company that built the first one, and it was re-dedicated on April 11, 1935.

Now: Hastings Parks and Recreation Department relocated its headquarters from City Hall to the former armory building at 2015 W. Third St. in March. Director Jeff Hassenstab said the new space is ideally suited for its new usage.

To read more, see Friday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>>>

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