The fate of the Dusbabek building is in your hands
Imagine standing at “The Corner” on Main street in Okeene. Can you smell a greasy cheeseburger or a bag of grain? Maybe you can hear the dominos being shuffled or a cue stick hitting the white ball. If it was 1925, you would have seen a brand new model car driving out of a showroom floor. These are all the sights, sounds, and smells at the historic two story Dusbabek building at 103 North Main Street.
The building was built in 1917 as the first car dealership in the rural town of Okeene. As new residents moved to Okeene they were impressed with the Dusbabek building, as it was one of true craftsmanship and beauty. Since 1917, it’s had several businesses occupy the space, including a domino parlor, The Upstairs Cafe’, and Lorenz Feed Store.
The Okeene Historic Preservation Group received the Dusbabek building as a donation in 2013. Unfortunately, the roof was already in dire need of replacement. The mission of the Okeene Historic Preservation Group is to advance the economic, professional, cultural and civic welfare of the residents of Okeene and the surrounding community be preserving historic buildings, so they can be put into use, add beauty by cleaning, landscaping and painting and to promote recycling activities.
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