Bluff City Dairy provided sweet treats, good jobs | History

Close your eyes for a moment and let’s remember what once was.

The scene is Market Street, where so many Germans settled during Hannibal, Missouri’s early years. There, each merchant eked out a living along the corridor that dates back a century and a half. Market Street was where dust kicked by horses and mules adhered to every surface, and men quenched their thirsts with beer brewed in the neighborhood.

Bluff City Dairy

End of an era

Mary Lou Montgomery, retired as editor of the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post in 2014. She researches and writes narrative-style stories about the people who served as building blocks for this region’s foundation. Books available on by this author include but are not limited to: “The Notorious Madam Shaw,” “Pioneers in Medicine from Northeast Missouri,” “The Historic Murphy House, Hannibal, Mo., Circa 1870,” and “Hannibal’s ‘West End,’” 47 stories of the Market Street Wedge and on west to Lindell Avenue. Montgomery can be reached at Her collective works can be found at


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