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This 104-year-ago event changed the face of Main Street

Russell Hotel is gone - Citizens National Bank stands it its place

It if wasn’t for the First Mennonite Church steeple in the background, you may not have recognized this Main Street Bluffton disaster location.


When it comes to fires in Bluffton, this was one of the most tragic.


This was the Russell Hotel destroyed in a 1919 fire. The building stood at the corner of Main and Church.


The fire destroyed the hotel, the Lugibihl Hardware and the Bluffton telephone exchange.


Today Citizens National Bank is located on this site.


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