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Southeast Corner, Main and Liberty, ca. 1868

Southeast Corner, Main and Liberty, ca. 1868 image

In 1871 tavern keeper and developer Henry Binder replaced the old house on this corner with an elaborate three-story brick building. Plank sidewalks, hitching posts, dirt streets, and gas lamps were typical of the era. As downtown expanded southward, more Main Street houses were replaced by commercial blocks. Binder and his family lived on the second floor of his new building, above his "billiard, lager, beer, and refreshment saloon." The hall on the third floor had an orchestrion, a large music box that played several instruments.

Frame location: Southeast corner wall, just south of Liberty on Main

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