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Gloria's Corral Club comes down, memories remain

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A few months ago, folks could be found here having a drink and sharing stories. But on Wednesday, all that's left is a large pile of rubble and memories. A few months ago, folks could be found here having a drink and sharing stories. But on Wednesday, all that's left is a large pile of rubble and memories.

Last call was months ago at Gloria's Corral Club, and on Wednesday, the old tavern came crashing down. 

A few months ago, folks could be found at Gloria's having a drink and sharing stories. But on Wednesday, all that's left is a large pile of rubble and memories.

It's the day Gloria Altman and her family have been dreading.

"It's like losing another child," Altman said.

It's the memories of her son who managed this tavern until his death from cancer that led her to the decision that this building had to come down.

"Every time I walked in there I saw him. I just couldn't do it anymore. Just couldn't," Altman said.

All the items inside were sold at auction before demolition began Wednesday morning.

"It just tears me up," Altman said.

Altman says the iconic building was over a century old.

"It's been in my family 65 years."

It started out as a stage coach stop before her father turned it into a restaurant. 13 years later, she decided to turn it into a tavern that's been serving up beverages and memories for decades now.

"Even to this day no matter where I go, I run into someone who says, 'you're not tearing that down are you? We met in there. We spent our anniversary in there. Our kids are coming in there and our grand kids,'" Altman said.

She says business was good.

"It's just my heart that wouldn't let me go on," Altman said.

So as she stood and watched the past come down, she also looks toward the future of this spot she's known as home.

Altman told 14 News she's thinking about building something else there. She's not sure what yet, but something that will make even more memories.

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