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Noxon community mourns the loss of three businesses to destructive fire

Posted at 5:57 PM, Feb 27, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-28 11:56:46-05

NOXON — For a city of less than 200 people, every downtown business is crucial to the community.

The community of Noxon lost three beloved businesses to a fire on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Residents watched as first responders fought to put out the flames in their favorite places.

Toby’s Tavern was one business that burned down on Tuesday. The restaurant opened in 1969 and is now owned by Toby’s daughter, Gayle.

The restaurant is more than just a watering hole for the community.

“Toby’s was a family place,” Malia Murray, a Noxon resident who grew up in the area, says. “There was like family dances and the kids would, the little ones would have pillows and blankets and you know, fall asleep listening to the music.”

Across the walls, ceilings and the bartop in Toby’s, the names of customers surrounded thousands of Susan B. Anthony coins.

“Just a famous place around here, full of silver dollars– sort of an institution. It’s sad to see it go,” one Noxon resident says.

The Mercantile Café — another restaurant — and the Angry Beaver, where the community got their groceries — also burned down.

“Nobody was hurt, that’s the main thing,” Noxon resident Debby Weber says.

Quickly after news of the fire spread, community support was rallied in the area.

A donation jar for employees at the Angry Beaver was placed at the Naughty Pine Saloon in Trout Creek.

The fast response by community members is no surprise to the people who live in Noxon.

“It really is a wonderful little community. If someone is in trouble, everyone shows up, that’s just the way it works. That’s exactly what Noxon neighbors do, and that’s the wonderful thing about it, it really is small town America,” one resident says.