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A tragic loss [Balltown, IA]

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A tragic loss [Balltown, IA]

jwagnerdsm | Dec 27, 2007 07:36 AM

Breitbach's in Balltown, Iowa, one of the oldest restaurant / bars west of the Mississippi, burned to the ground on Christmas Eve. Some of you might have seen Alton Brown's visit there recently on the Food Network. It's a place where Frank James allegedly stopped for a meal on his way back from Northfield, MN., following the bank robbery that is stuff of legends. The raspberry pie was also stuff of legends. I hear the restaurant will be rebuilt. Let's hope it still exudes some of its historic charm.

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