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Corbin’s Saloon

Henry Corbin’s Saloon most recently was an embroidery shop, far different than its early years when it suffered at the hands of protestors who opposed Corbin operating a saloon in the building. It is now empty and rumored to reopen as a bar.

The Westerville Whiskey War of 1875 began with Corbin’s attempt to sell liquor in the town where the sale of “fermented spirits” was outlawed in 1858.

The protest became so fierce that the building was twice damaged by explosions that some described as dynamite although there wasn’t conclusive proof the damage came from that specific explosive.

The saloon survives today at the corner of West Main Street and Knox Avenue.

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  • Henry Corbin’s Saloon most recently was an embroidery shop, far different than its early years when it suffered at the hands of protestors who opposed Corbin operating a saloon in the building. It is now empty and rumored to reopen as a bar. The Westerville Whiskey War of 1875 began with Corbin’s attempt to sell liquor in the town where the sale of “fermented spirits” was outlawed in 1858. The protest became so fierce that the building was twice damaged by explosions that some described as dynamite although there wasn’t conclusive proof the damage came from that specific explosive. The saloon survives today at the corner of West Main Street and Knox Avenue.
    Corbin's Saloon
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About The Author

Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

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