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In its time, the Arlington Hotel in downtown Gainesville was the city's best. The wooden structure, with its broad verandas and fluttering pennant, was located on the northwest corner of University Avenue and Main Street. The site was later occupied by Woolworth's, Chesnut Office Equipment Company, and Subway Sandwiches. The builder was J. O. Goodale, who later won the bid to construct East Florida Seminary, and at one time the hotel was operated by former carpetbagger and political boss Leonard G. (the "Little Giant") Dennis. The lamp posts shown in this view also appear in some other early photographs of the city, and may be gas lamps; most early electric lights were overhead, hung from wires. The Arlington Hotel burned in 1884. (click image to view larger size)