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Line Train & the Brown Hotel
Coast Line Train & the Brown Hotel
The Brown Hotel, also called the Brown House, was located in this three-story downtown brick building, an ideal location since the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad tracks ran down the center of Main Street and the passenger station and depot were just across the street. Automobiles were only beginning to diminish the importance of steel rails and big locomotives. The building still stands, on the southeast corner of the intersection of North Main Street and Northeast 1st Avenue. Through the years, other occupants of the building have included billiard parlors, cafeterias, offices of realtors, insurance agents, and architects, other hotels (the Graham and the Gilbert), and offices of the China, Imperial, and Monteocha Tung Oil Corporation. More recent occupants have been the Alachua County Public Defender and Phil-Nick's Restaurant. This undated postcard was copied with the permission of Archie L. Jackson.
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