Whoa! A Sales Flyer From 1902 Was Found Inside Illinois Bar’s Wall
Remodeling an old building can be a gamble because you never know what's hiding out of sight. Will there be wires galore? Will poor construction reveal itself? What waiting behind the walls? Building owners in Illinois were shocked by what they found and it dates back to the early 1900s.
With risks like this can come rewards. In this case, the owners of a building in Byron may have a great piece to frame and hang inside the completed project. They may actually have one of the oldest documents in town in their possession.
The building, located at 216 N. Union Street in Byron is believed to have been built in the early-1900s, likely 1901 or 1902.
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The property has sat empty for some time before recent work on the building began. The previous name for the space was Spanky's Byron Inn Bar & Grill, a little dive bar.
The building has been under construction for several months but has made great progress. Though plans for the space haven't spread through the tiny town yet a piece of Byron's history might grab some attention. It's definitely worth a look.
While construction on the rear of the building began, there was a surprising discovery, a "public sale" flyer from 120 years ago.
It’s kind of tattered but still pretty cool.
Bradley Cox, the owner of the property, shared a photo of the flyer and he's not lying, the document is in decent shape considering its age. No doubt, it will make a great piece to frame and hang inside whatever is to come of the space.