Prophetstown Rebounding

May  15, 2014

      Less than a year after fire destroyed a large part of downtown Prophetstown, re-building is well underway. This week, the I-H Mississippi Valley Credit Union announced plans to build a new branch, downtown. Eileen Detra, executive director of Prophetstown's Main Street Association, says the credit union already had a branch in town, but wanted more space so it could add a drive-through. And she thinks it's just one more sign of a strong recovery. 

      One of the eight buildings destroyed in the fire last July housed the historical society. And Detra just learned the society will be able to stay downtown. 

      "Someone passed away in Prophetstown and donated to the historical society a building that was part of the estate. So we're thrilled about that and they were. They get to move into a nice building and start over again. That was big for them because they lost a lot in the fire"

      Still on her to-do list is finding a restaurant for downtown Prophetstown to replace Cindy Jean's - Detra says the owners were not able to re-open after the fire.