Advised by her doctor to seek a drier climate, a frail Amanda Martin came from humid Missouri to Leavenworth in 1897 with her husband Andrew and their two daughters. The sunny weather and beautiful scenery cheered her up, and she soon recovered her health. Amanda, or “Mandy,” established the first millinery and dress shop in Leavenworth.
The 1960s and ’70s in the United States were times of urban modernization as downtown business districts competed with newly erected malls. Historic downtown storefronts and structures were torn down or covered with aluminum, Fiberglas, marblecrete, vinyl and other materials to appear newer.