1000 Indiana Ave. - Wichita Falls, TX
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
Today is my first story about a building downtown. I am
starting with the place, which today, is Picker's Universe
Antiques, at 1000 Indiana. For those of you who have been
in Wichita Falls for awhile, it is located across from the
library. For those who haven't been home for awhile, it is
located across from the old Fedway.
1000 Indiana started out as a private home in the early 1900's. There were many homes on Indiana Ave. and other streets downtown, with the last one being demolished in the 1980's. Many of these large homes would be turned into a boarding house or hotel, during the oil boom, for a way for the owners to make an income. In 1917 it was called the Imperial Hotel, (which was the same home, just called a hotel) but it was demolished in the early 1920's.
The land stood as an empty lot until around 1929. J.W. Filgo applied for a building permit to erect a two story structure. This building was going to be a new hardware store. From 1930-1938 it was Bailey Moline Hardware store. In addition to the hardware store, it actually had a barber in the building, too! R.S. Hill announced Hill's Barber Shop would be located in the Filgo building. This building also included Grover Bullington Co. which repaired and restored auto wire wheels. Today, the Bailey Moline name can still be seen in the entry way on the tile on the ground. Check it out next time you go there! As much as I try to be aware of every aspect of every building downtown, and as many times I have walked through their doors, I have never noticed this until Phil Otto pointed it out to me recently!
By the 1940's it became one furniture store after another. In 1942 it was Freer Furniture and Carpet. In 1947 it became the Furniture Mart. In 1947 Music Furniture Co. opened. Then, in 1951 it was the Southern Furniture Co. 1955 brought Hillard's Colonial House Furniture. By 1958, it took a new direction and Western Auto opened a location there, and they remained there until 1981, when downtown was on it's downward spiral.
The building remained empty until about 1988, when Wichita Furniture moved their store from across the street next to the Wichita Theater. They were the home of "Magic Credit," also a nice hometown touch. They closed at the end of 2014 after being in business for over 25 years.
In February of 2015, Picker's Universe moved their store, located in the old Sears Parts Center on Maplewood, to this downtown location. They took a leap of faith and moved to downtown. This was such a great decision for them as they have made a name for themselves in the downtown area with a very lucrative business. They have all sorts of antiques, collectibles and crafts.
Next time you are by this building take a minute to slow down and look at it. Look at the top of it where there is a plaque still intact today that shows it as the "Filgo Building." Look at the tile in the entryway showing the name of Bailey Moline. Look at the architecture inside, it's such a beautiful place!
Special thanks to Lisa Alexander officer manager with Picker's Universe and Delena Meyer, owner, for supplying me the timeline for the businesses in this building.
Southern Furniture Co. in the 1950's
Western Auto in the 1960's
The front entrance to 1000 Indiana Ave.
Picker's Universe in 2018
I also sell out of print books on CD on my website. You can find family names, city or county histories, the books I have written about Wichita Falls and more! Just click on the logo below!
The books I have written are available at Heritage Antique Mall at 1503 Lamar Ave. across from Coca Cola or at Picker's Universe at 1000 Indiana Ave. across from the library. They are also available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Williams-Coley/e/B00IXAYBH2