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  Partner: Palestine Public Library
 Decade: 1880-1889
 Language: English
[Ad for Silliman Hardware & Grocery Co.]

[Ad for Silliman Hardware & Grocery Co.]

Date: c. 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Ad, which was in the Palestine Daily Herald for Silliman Hardware and Grocery Company, a business in Palestine which was founded in 1871. It was one of the largest hardware stores in the region toward the end of the 19th century. Proprietor was John H. Silliman and he and his family resided at 638 S. Magnolia.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Colonel George R. Howard]

[Colonel George R. Howard]

Date: 1886
Creator: unknown
Description: Colonel George Robert Howard was born on June 6, 1818. He married Cornelia Cox and they came to Palestine from Tennessee in 1849. Given the title of Colonel when he organized a company of men during the Civil War, he later served in the Texas Legislature, held several county offices and was Mayor of Palestine from 1886-1887. Colonel Howard was an active merchant in Palestine and in 1855 his store was located on the east side of the courthouse square. Their home, now referred to as “The Howard House” by local residents, is located at 1101 N. Perry Street. It was built in 1851 on land deeded to Colonel Howard from Judge Reuben Reeves on August 17, 1850. He died on December 28, 1900 and is buried in the Old section of the Palestine City Cemetery.
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[Crawford Street looking East]

[Crawford Street looking East]

Date: c. 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of Crawford Street, taken facing East toward the Courthouse.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Dilley Rifle Company]

[Dilley Rifle Company]

Date: c. 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the Dilley rifles in formation during what appears to be some kind of a parade up Avenue A in Palestine. Photo is taken looking toward the east. Note the tower from the jail in the background.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Engraving of the International Hotel - Palestine]

[Engraving of the International Hotel - Palestine]

Date: c. 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Engraving of the International Hotel, which was once located at 313 Spring Street, Palestine. In 1873, following the coming of the railroad to town, the Laclede Hotel was built on this site, but was destroyed by fire in 1876. The following year, a Dr. Manning of Oakwood erected a brick building known as the International Hotel on that location. It was purchased in 1882 by Col. George Burkitt who turned over operations to Mrs. Emma Nolen. During her tenure, the property was known as the Nolen Hotel, but when she moved to St. Louis, Col. Burkitt himself took over the management. That building was razed in 1922 and the "new" O'Neill Hotel was built here. After many years of use, the hotel was sold a number of times. Despite halfhearted attempts to restore it, the condition of the building went downhill. It was demolished in August 1983 and the property is remains vacant today.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[George Wright Home - 900 Block S. Sycamore]

[George Wright Home - 900 Block S. Sycamore]

Date: c. 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the George Wright home, which was located in the 900 block of S. Sycamore. It was demolished when the Memorial Hospital was built.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[George Wright Home - 900 Block S. Sycamore]

[George Wright Home - 900 Block S. Sycamore]

Date: c. 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the George Wright home, which was located in the 900 block of S. Sycamore. It was demolished when the Memorial Hospital was built.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[I&GN Railroad Engine Number 39]

[I&GN Railroad Engine Number 39]

Date: c. 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the International and Great Northern Railroad's Engine #39
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[I&GN Railroad Immigrants Home]

[I&GN Railroad Immigrants Home]

Date: c. 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: The International and Great Northern Railroad Immigrants Home, which was located on North Sycamore, just north of the I&GN Tracks. Built to give people moving to this part of Texas a place to live until their house was built. A play on the part of the railroad to encourage settlers to immigrate to Texas right after the railroad was built in the late 1880's and early 1890's.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Hunting Camp]

[Hunting Camp]

Date: c. 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of a group of men at a hunter camp in Anderson County.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
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