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It wasn't the prettiest place in town, but Benson's Livery and the adjacent blacksmith shop were among the most important places in Gainesville in the 1890s, when this photograph was probably taken. Horses, buggies, and wagons needed care and attention, and all the best hotels in town kept their buggies and animals stabled at Benson's. The livery was located approximately on the present-day site of the United States Post Office, 401 Southeast 1st Avenue. One of the buggies visible in this picture is that of the Brown House, a hotel that was located on the southeast corner of North Main Street at 1st Avenue. This view was loaned by Clarence O'Neill.
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