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BROOKINGS, SD. Penneys. "Penneys .. was then where Sioux River Bicycles and Fitness is now. In 1958, a Penney's clerk took the $10 bill I handed her, stuffed it in a little metal cup rigged to overhead wires and tracks, pulled a launching lanyard and sent it zipping off to a trusted cashier somewhere in the store's ether." Stubble Mulch website

COOPERSTOWN, ND. Whidden & Koyl. "The enterprising firm of Whidden & Koyl are installing a cash railway system in their store... You pass your money at one end store, it is placed in a nice little box and presto! change! away it flies to the good looking cash girl .. who makes your change and sends it flying back to you... This new arrangement is not dangerous and won't bite but is just an up-to-date way of conducting business." Griggs Courier (Cooperstown), 20 Feb. 1902, p. 5

DE SMET, SD. Mallery Mercantile Co. "The Mallery Merc. Co. has put in one of the new fangled cash trolley systems. This will be a great saving of time and labor. The store is a half block long and a clerk waiting upon a customer at either end has had to take a walk of a half block to ring up his cash and make change. Miss Katie O'Hora will be the cashier." Kingsbury County Independent, 31 Aug. 1906, p. 5

DEVILS LAKE, ND. Stoughton & Chamberlin. "Stoughton & Chamberlin have recently put in the Lamson cash railway system." Devils Lake Inter-ocean, 7 Apr. 1888, p. 1

FARGO, ND. De Lendrecie's (dept. store). "It was a relic of the 19th century, even in 1966 - the two-story atrium with the mezzanine, the pneumatic tubes whizzing metal pills through tubes, landing in the basket with a whoosh and a plonk." The Bleat website, 1997. Built in 1889 and now offices. "The hiss and thump of a message arriving via pneumatic tube." James Lileks, A rich boyhood in the plain void. American Enterprise, July/Aug. 2004, p.31. Air tubes installed in 1930. Sold to Mercantile Stores Co. in 1955 and moved in 1972. In-Forum website

FARGO, ND. Herbst, 16 Broadway. (New building opened in 1898.) Cable system shown in 1915 photograph of showroom. Trista Raezer and John Hallberg. Herbst Department Store. (Images of America) Charleston SC: Arcadia, 2015, p. 23

FARGO, ND. Moodys, Broadway. "I remember the little cages that carried the money on wires up to the business office for change. I recall the clicking quite clearly." The business moved to the Front Street location at the foot of Broadway in 1884. Moody sold the business in 1940 and in 1961 it became Sgutt-Moodys. The building was razed in 1966. In-Forum 7 Aug. 2004.

starHEBRON, ND. Hebron Historical and Art Society, Lincoln Avenue & South Park Street. "We have many unique items such as .. a Lamson cash carrier demonstration." [It is not stated in what way this is unique.] North Dakota tourism website

HOT SPRINGS, SD. S.C.Fargo & Son, 7th Street/Chicago Avenue. "Its ground dimension is 125x50 feet... The first floor is occupied by .. the Mercantile extablishment of S.C. Fargo & Son... This large firm covers .. a floor surface exceeding 6200 feet. The mercantile establishment is composed of nine separate departments... Every department is reached by the Barr Cash-Carrier System." Hot Springs Star, 22 May 1891, p. 3

JAMESTOWN, ND. Pearce & Orlady. "Manager Bennett of the Lamson Store Service Co., of Minneapolis, was in the city yesterday superintending the placing of a new cash carrier system in the big store of Pearce & Orlady. It is a complete device and has stations in nearly every part of the store." Jamestown Weekly Alert, 18 Apr. 1895, p. 7

MINOT, ND. Martin Jacobson has installed a new cash carrier system in his hardware store. Minot Optic, 26 Aug. 1904

MINOT, ND. McCoy (dept. store). Paul V. McCoy ... will soon install a cash carrier system." Ward County Independent, 28 Dec. 1911, p. 5

MITCHELL, SD. Letcher. "Letcher & Co. have moved into their new store on the old corner and have one of the finest extablishments in the west, with .. the patent Lamson cash system." Mitchell Capital, 27 Nov. 1885, p. 6

WATERTOWN, SD. H.F.W. Schaller. "Main aisle in the store .. showing how Lamson Preferred Cable Carriers link every department with the Central Desk on the balcony. LAmson Cable Carriers are hung near the ceiling and occupy no valuable selling space." Dry Goods Reporter: Store Equipment and Window Display Monthly Section, 29 Jan. 1916, p. 6


starVALLEY CITY, ND. Barnes County Historical Society, 315 Central Avenue N. Air Line system. A few missing parts have been remanufactured.Wes Anderson. Photos


star indicates systems which are still there (as far as I know) though they may not be working.