The photo in The Times last week is inside a store downtown in BV. I think it is one of the bays of the Gone to the Dogs or Green Parrot.

On the back of the photo were the names J.B. Joy and son in Buena Vista. Andrew Joy, the son, is in the white apron and Vincent Gallagher is left of Andrew. In the photo can be seen the metal trim at the top of the narrow walls.

The photo is taken from the back looking towards the glass front door. It is a grocery and mercantile store as there is a sign advertising a brand of tea and canned goods on the shelves. But it is summer as there are watermelons on the floor by the produce.

I had a couple of guesses but since I don’t know for sure we might all be wrong. This is the Marks building built by Moses J. Marks in 1890. There were other recessed doors used for the four businesses in the early days. Some of the businesses were J.J. Marks Clothing; C.A. Keables and Co. Drugs; H. Stewart saloon and J.J. Pelta Confectionery and news.

There are great plans to restore these buildings for a useful life again.

My apologies for all who called in on the Hayden Ranch last time, first was Jim Thompson. I obtained some new history and appreciated the comments I received.

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