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1941 Swingland Pavilion dance poster

This dance poster for the 1941 dance season at the Swingland Pavilion was submitted by Bill Hinkle. Swingland was located at the south edge of Minonk at the corner of First and Chestnut Streets. It was the site of many dances on the outdoor pavilion located immediately west of the tavern at that location.

Rita (Bushness) Stevens writes to tell us, " Every Saturday night during the summer, the lights strung around the pavilion were turned on and a dance band appeared to play to crowds of dancers. We neighborhood kids were paid something like 25? or 50? to "slick the floor" before evening. This consisted of spreading a soap powder on the cement dance floor, then sliding through it. We would have done it for nothing!"

In the 1930's and 40's Bill and Clara Kuehl, ran a tavern at the location. In the 1950's they built a house over the dance floor pavilion which was located west of the tavern. The garage next to the house was the concession stand. Bill (Bruno) lived in it until he and Clara were married in 1935 or 36.

Clara's brother Glen Hinkle built a house south of the tavern. That house has since been torn down but the tavern is still located at the site.