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Advertisement for the American Hotel, 1890s

Advertisement for the American Hotel, 1890s image

The 1890s sign on what had been built as John J. Wagner Jr.'s Carriage and Blacksmith Shop on the corner of Ashley points across Washington Street to Michael Staebler's American Hotel (originally the Germania). The Stabelers ran other businesses nearby: groceries, coal, bicycles, and autos. The awning shades Oswald Dietz's Saloon, the first of a series of saloons to occupy this space for over a hundred years.

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