Welty's General Store

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Welty's General Store
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Welty's General Store is located in Wyoming
Welty's General Store
Location 220 Ramshorn St., Dubois, Wyoming
Coordinates 43°32′1″N 109°37′59″W / 43.53361°N 109.63306°W / 43.53361; -109.63306Coordinates: 43°32′1″N 109°37′59″W / 43.53361°N 109.63306°W / 43.53361; -109.63306
Built 1889
Architect Welty,Francis A., I; Et al.
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 79003680[1]
Added to NRHP November 15, 1979

Welty's General Store was first established in a log cabin just outside the town of Dubois, Wyoming in 1889 by Frank A. Welty. The store was placed next to the homestead cabin of his father, Dr. Francis Welty. In 1897 George Hays and Huey Yeomans built a general store in Dubois. Welty purchased the store in 1898 and moved his operation into town, dismantling the first store and appending it to the new store. Both buildings were of log construction with an earth roof.[2]

An addition was built in 1915 out to the street. In 1922 more frontage was added, with a log portico at the entrance. Further additions in the 1950s expanded the wings to provide more sales space. A steeply-pitched log-framed roof was added to the front at this time, while the sod-roofed portions remained.

Welty's was a general mercantile store, providing a broad range of merchandise to an isolated community. It also provided other services, functioning as the post office and Dr. Welty's medical office until Dr. Welty's death in 1919. Welty's was a John Deere dealer and stocked farm and ranch supplies.[2] After his passing, the store was operated by his son, Frank A. Welty Jr.

The store was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1] It is operated by the founder's grandson, Frank A. Welty III.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Welty, Johanna P. (July 29, 1977). "Welty's General Store" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 

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