1900Howard Blackburn built a saloon and home on the east end of Main Street.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Local Businesses, Notable People

“Building designed by architect Ezra Phillips,” c. 1910. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 14071
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The Blackburn Building was located at 289 Main Street. Howard Blackburn, the ultimate fisherman hero in Gloucester, opened a cigar store and applied for a liquor license to turn the business into a saloon. His business alternated between being known for “soft drinks” or as a “saloon” based on the changing limits imposed by Prohibition. Blackburn owned the business until his death.

Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System. Historic Building Detail: GLO.312, Blackburn Building. https://mhc-macris.net/details?mhcid=GLO.312
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