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The prosperity of the postwar period did give some of these towns visions of grandeur and growth. At the war's end Gretna's prospects looked grim. Little development had taken place during the war and when a fire destroyed part of the town's business section in 1946, little rebuilding was planned. This pessimism turned to optimism in 1949 when plans were unveiled to build a pipeline pumping station one half mile north of Gretna. 51 This proved a boon to the town as construction employed seventy men of which twenty-nine became full time em­ ployees. Thirteen new homes were built in Gretna for company families and there was speculation that a refinery would also be built here at a future date. 52

Plum Coulee -1955.

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Houses constructed just north of Gretna to house pipeline employees in the 1950's.

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