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POINT OF INTEREST "M"
Turn right (west) onto E. 1st Street. Walk one block to Schiller Street.
 

Halfway down the block on the left is the Concert Hall, which dates to 1877. Until the mid-1990s when it underwent a major restoration, it was said to be the longest, continuously operating beer hall west of the Mississippi River. The two-story brick building had a tavern on the first floor and a large dance hall upstairs. The front of the building, which rises above the roof to form a parapet, visibly displays the sign Concert Hall and the lyre and music symbol designating it as a hall for concerts. Four concerts were given each year, plus dramas and dances. The most notable dance held at this location was the Fat Man's Ball. In order to attend, men had to weigh from 200-329 pounds and women's weights were to be between 176-230 pounds. The beautifully restored Concert Hall is now a restaurant and bar, which also offers special entertainment and events many evenings.

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