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[I&GN Railroad Immigrants Home]

Description: The International and Great Northern Railroad Immigrants Home. 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.
Date: 1890~

[Drawing of the Interior of the First National Bank in Palestine]

Description: Drawing of the interior of the First National Bank in Palestine. This bank opened for business in 1887, at the corner of Spring and John streets. The original building interior is shown here as it appeared in 1893, about twenty years before it was extensively renovated and modernized. First National Bank served Palestine from this building for over three-quarters of a century, until the bank moved to more spacious quarters occupying the city's central plaza in 1965. The men in the picture from left to right are: Unidentified, Ed Caldwell, L. Gooch, W.P. McMeans, J.D. Grigsby, D. Colley, George Wright, and Ed Steadman.
Date: 1893~

[The Brownies of Palestine]

Description: A Collage of prominent Palestine businessmen titled "The Brownies of Palestine" "Wish you a Happy New Year". Photos are identified left to right as: F. Hufsmith, D.J. Price, V.F. DuBose, J.W. Cuningham, N.R. Royal, W.M. Lacy, Henry Ash, A. Teah, G.A. Wright, W.P. Siddons, A.R. Howard and W.J. Taylor.
Date: 1895

[Temple Opera House]

Description: Photo of the Temple Opera House which was located on the corner of Avenue A and Oak Street in downtown Palestine. As per the 1898-1899 city directory, the manager was a man named W.E. Swift. The building has since been destroyed.
Date: 1890