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The buildings at Main and Michigan are the answer for Week 485 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Downtown

Tuesday: Has seen drastic changes

Wednesday: Horses

Thursday: Cars

Friday: Different businesses

Saturday: Bricks

Monday: Reduced now

Tuesday: Garbage trucks

Wednesday: Rings

The northeast corner of Main and Michigan in Orofino has had a number of different businesses. At this point, Clearwater County Land Title Company and AmericanWest Bank occupy the block from Michigan to College. In the early days of Orofino, there was a livery stable on the corner of Michigan and Main. There was a mortuary at the corner of Main and College. Portfors and Johnson Ford was also on the block, followed by uses of the garage building by Nadle Enterprises and Bill Shamion's body shop.

More recently, the bricks from the building, which had been painted white, had the paint removed and were used for Nick Chenoweth's Law Office. The building, now houses Clearwater County Land Title Company. AmericanWest Bank was build on the opposite end of the block. When you have a moment downtown, stop by AmericanWest and check out the rings on the left side of the building which were originally used in the livery.

This photo of Portfors Motor Company, C.O. Portfors owner, was taken in 1931. Employees were: C A Krough, Wayne Johnson, Willard L. Johnson, Don Roberts, W S Isbelle, F A Portfors. It was on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Main Street and the photo is dated Sept. 18, 1931. This shot looks along Michigan toward the Helgeson. This photo is also from the museum.

This a photo of the block on Main between College and Michigan looking toward the courthouse. The photo is from the Clearwater Historical Museum. On the back it says: "Orofino Richfield Service (now Chilton's Richfield Service Station) N.E. cor. of Main Ave. and College Ave. Orofino, Idaho, Taken 3/27/45 2:18 P.M., P.W.T."

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