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Updated: 06/22/2013 08:00:01AM

Historical vignettes of early Englewood businesses

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The year 1878 saw William and Mary Goff become our area’s first settlers, that is, after the original Native Americans. They bought 60 acres of land bordering on Lemon Bay, which included what is today West Dearborn Street. The original footpath worn through the slash pines and palmettos by the Goff family later was enlarged to a wagon trail that, in turn, eventually became West Dearborn. It was Englewood’s main street for several decades. Here are some historical vignettes of early businesses on West Dearborn:

• Kelly’s II Tavern is one of West Dearborn Street’s true historical buildings. The structure goes back to the 1920s, and still has its distinctive outside staircase. Jack Tate said when he came to Englewood in 1926, there was an area on the east side of the building that housed horses. He remembered a garage taking over the stable area, and also a small barbershop. By the 1930s, the building housed Whyte’s Tavern. In later years it was Pete’s Tavern. At one time, the building had open porches on the first and second floors, which now have been enclosed.

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