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Taken 7-Sep-20
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Category:Architecture and Structures
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Keywords:Dawson Saloon
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Dimensions4288 x 2848
Original file size6.03 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken7-Sep-20 10:57
Date modified7-Sep-20 10:57
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D90
Focal length26 mm
Focal length (35mm)39 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.9
Exposure1/160 at f/13
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Shutter priority
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Dawson Saloon

Dawson Saloon

Erath County, Texas
32 13.180' N 98 12.138' W
190 W. College Street

Text: Dating from the early 1880s, downtown Stephenville consisted of wood frame and masonry one-part and two-part commercial block buildings, oriented around the county courthouse. The Dawson Saloon building was constructed in the early to mid-1890s on a prominent corner of the square. Reflected in sanborn maps, the saloon was likely the earliest occupant of the building. Under the direction of owner and operator W.A. "Billy" Dawson (1851-1901) and with beer barrel seating along the sidewalk for cowboys, patrons and the public, the saloon was a popular watering hole for county residents. Following Dawson's passing, the building was divided into a restaurant and a confectionery and tobacco shop. The longest tenant was Novit's Department Store, owned by Belarus immigrant Morris Ytzhak Isaac Astonovitsky (1901-1998). Novit's Department Store was one of the largest retail establishments in the downtown area until its closing in 1957. Subsequent uses of the building were a barbershop, retail shops and a restaurant. Built in the vernacular commercial architectural style, the building is constructed of limestone, a locally-sourced material. Minimal changes have been made over the years, including the removal of the limestone columns along the front facade in the 1950s; these have since been rebuilt. With its prominent corner location on the square and local craftsmanship, the Dawson Saloon building contributed to the growth and development of Stephenville with its variety of successful businesses that added to the culture of Erath county.

Date Taken: 20-09-07