Wabash Railroad Depot, Huntington, Indiana, section 3
1908 postmarked postcard view of the Wabash Railroad Depot in Huntington, Indiana. The depot was located west of the intersection of State, Court and Jefferson Streets on the north side of the tracks. The water tower was on the south side of the tracks. The photographer was probably standing in Jefferson Street just north of Court Street when this photograph was taken. He was facing southwest. The section of curb and sidewalk near the lower right-hand corner of the postcard would have been the southwest corner of the courthouse square.
The name L. C. PARNIN CIDER AND VINEGAR WORKS was painted on the building beyond the water tower. An early Huntington directory listed “Parnin, L. C. (Lucina)” who owned a cider and vinegar business. The 1904 Sanborn™ fire insurance map set for Huntington shows the L. C. Parnin Cider Mill at the north end of Herman Street on the south side of the Little River and indicates it operated only in the summertime. The 1912 Sanborn™ map set simply labels that building “Private.”
The three-story building behind (west of) the depot was the EXCHANGE HOTEL. The hotel is shown in the 1904 and 1912 Sanborn™ map sets, but the name had changed to the Huntington Annex Hotel by the time the 1912 map set was being prepared.
The large poster in the center of this view advertised a performance in Huntington by GEO. SIDNEY, THE COMEDIAN ___ ____ [YOU LIKE?]. The performance date was THURS. NOV. 21. That would have been in 1907. George Sidney was the stage name of vaudeville comedian Samuel Greenfield (1876-1945).
From a private collection.
The full postcard image can be seen here.
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