The past, colorized: Before the Putnam, 1860s

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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 image from the 1860s was taken on South Street. "The building on left was known as the Park Building back then, with McEowen's Store and Bennington County Savings Bank occupying the first floor, now Jay's but also known as the Drysdale Building," Wager said. "The center building was the Franklin House, which merged with the Mount Anthony House on right. Both of those buildings burned to the ground on Nov. 12, 1868 and were replaced with the Putnam House and the Bennington County Courthouse, a.k.a. the Pennysaver Building."

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