Here is a good example of the kind of mystery with emerges after you start comparing pictures of the the same sites. The picture that got me started seems to show several horse carriages sitting waiting in front of 110 East 9th. It looks like the 1890's.
The index that contains this image is:
According to the note below from Jerry Wallace, the business to the left of the hard awning is a drug store. In 1900 it was owned by W. H. Somermier. It looks like the red and yellow umbrella may shade a shoe shine stand or some similar enterprise.
A note from Jerry Wallace:
Subject: RE: OLD HOTEL
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 12:57:32 -0500
From: "Jerry Wallace" <email@example.com>
To: "'bbott'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bill, This might be of interest: In 1900, the Ninth Avenue Drug Store,
operated by W. H. Somermier, was located at 109 E. 9th Avenue. Also, from
the same time, I found a Snyder Brothers "Palace Livery Barn"
located on East Ninth Avenue, but no number given.
An enlargement of the front of what I think is a hotel is:
Another picture that shows the same entry way is:
The enlargement on this one is:
Here is an earlier picture of the same area:(click on thumbnail for full
but I can't see the same awning.
And a nightnime picture about the same period:
Here is a question, was the Albright building that burned:
across the alley east from this hotel? That would be on the
north side of 9th in the 100 block east. (south side of Block 128)
The pertinent fire maps are the 1893 map:
and the 1899 map:
most of the eastern half of the block is vacant, only one building standing. Note on the 1893 Map, the name J. C. Fuller, Blk.
The address of the building I think was a hotel is 110 E. 9th. I can't quite make out what the lettering on the map says. The next logical step would be to scour the City Directory for Hotels, and look for what business is located at 110 e. 9th. So many mysteries, so little time.
Bruce Hedrick scanned another picture, which I have misplaced, which is the original photo from which 3a2210 was taken. It is interesting because the telephone lines have been taken out as has been a father and son in the foreground. They didn't have PhotoShop 6.0, but they did a top notch job of retouching and colorizing.
Here is another picture which comes from a postcard donated by Mary Scott Jarvis
Austin Business Computers, Inc.
512-328-4747 Austin, TX.