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Edina, Northeast Missouri

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Edina is one of those towns that most people just blow through at exactly the speed limit–ever wary of speed traps in small towns.

Which is a shame, because people should take the time to look out the windows as they slow down to 20 mph.

I admittedly blew through Edina numerous times over the four years that I drove up to Truman State via Route 6, one of those roads that really is a pastiche of a bunch of old county roads that someone decided to bother giving an appellation to decades ago. The courthouse is interesting in that it looks to be from the early 20th century, even though most courthouses in Northeast Missouri are from the late 19th Century.

Edina has a full three sides of its town square lined with cast iron fronts along with some vinyl siding and brick–and a little vitrolite.

Even though it was raining, I still got some great shots of the town square, before hopping back in the car to continue on to Kirksville.








5 Comments

  1. Hey, thanks for posting these photos! I lived for over thirty years about 14 miles SE of Edina, but never took photos there — I just took the town for granted, I guess. It’s the county seat of Knox County, pop. about 4,000. The bank, the library, the grocery store was a typical town visit.

  2. I grew up in Edina. Haven’t been back only twice since the 1960s; once in about 1983 and in 1994. The west side of the square has some interesting architectural features. The buildings were constructed in the late 19th century. I believe the Courthouse was constructed in the 1930’s or early 40’s as a WPA project. Good photographs!

  3. Many of the current storefronts are, in my opinion, eyesores. They replaced the storefronts I recall in the late 40’s and 50’s that were Italianate with huge plate glass windows. Probably they were replaced because of heating and cooling expense. I noted the other day that the population is down to about 1100, in the late fifties it was around 1400.

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