Stagecoach, circa 1880s
Tim Wager is working to colorize hundreds of black-and-white photographs of Bennington in the 19th and 20th centuries from the Bennington Museum collection, and has been sharing them with the Banner. This week's photo, taken in the 1880s, has been reproduced in the Banner many times over the years in hopes of identifying the VIP in the stage coach that caused the crowd to gather at the Hotel Putnam. Other businesses in the hotel during this period included a market, a railroad ticket office and Western Union Telegraph on South Street side, with a barber shop and Bennington Water Power and Light Company, which was owned by Henry Putnam, on the Main Street side.
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