The Popular Dry Good Company
La compañia Popular de bienes de consumo

The Popular Dry Good Company

The Popular department store chain, founded by Adolph Schwartz, was family owned and run from 1902 to its closing in 1995. The building was originally the Masonic a Lodge 130 --using the lower floor til Adolph Schwartz purchased the building and expanded.

Image Description: In this black and white photo, the building that housed the Popular Dry Good Company is depicted. Here is where Adolph Schwartz started that family-run business, which was open from 1902 and closed in 1995. The words “The Popular Dry Goods Co.” are running along the side of the building, and older cars are parked outside on the streets.

Area: Central / Downtown

Collection: Aultman Collection

Source: El Paso Public Library

Uploaded by: El Paso Museum of History


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Photo of major department store in downtown El Paso, TX.

"Fallas department store closing," El Paso Times, July 6, 2022 p. 1A. Was the business in this historic building in July of 2022.

Photo taken in El Paso, TX circa 1909.

Vic Kolenc, "Downtown El Paso Fallas department store to reopen," El Paso Times, Nove8, 2021, p 1A.

Last correction. El Paso Lodge #130. Known to the outside world as "a masonic lodge." El Paso Lodge # 130 moved from places owned by the membership as well as the aforementioned. El Paso Lodge #130 Masonic Temple that was demolished was built by *Trost & Trost. Both of Henry Trost's brothers belonged to the lodge. Members of my lodge have included leaders of industry, several pioneers and way too many civic leaders. Brother Schwartz belonged to El Paso Lodge #130 of the (Grand Lodge of Texas).

The building was originally the Masonic a Lodge 130 ;; using the lower floor til my great grandfather Adolph Schwartz purchased the building and expanded .

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