At the turn of the 20th century, Emanuel Norquist of Clay Center combined forces with a Kansas City entrepreneur, Charles Butler, and they began manufacturing galvanized steel tanks.
In 1900, most steel tanks leaked and rusted.
But their tank, designed by Norquist, did neither and could be transported in one piece.
Their tanks quickly became popular with farmers.
Then, they built buildings.
Norquist designed a steel garage with a curved roof. It would become the prototype of buildings that soon dotted the Midwest. The garages could be made into pump houses for the suddenly booming oil industry and storage sheds for farmers.
In World War I and II, the U.S. military called on their company to manufacture barracks, warehouses, airplane hangars and steel landing mats.
Question: What were those buildings known as?
Answer to Sunday’s question: The Pony Express.
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