Tyson Drug Company

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Dr. Jasper Butler opened a pharmacy and medical center on this location in the early1800s.  According to the Tyson website, the building was used as a bank for a short while after Dr. Butler’s death.  The bank failed, and pharmacist Joe Tyson opened his pharmacy in the building. The sign says the company was established in 1857, and the estimated date of this Italianate building is c. 1860 (MDAH Historic Records Inventory Database).  All those facets leave one wondering, but the term “on this location” would lead me to assume “not in this building.”   No longer in the Tyson family, but still retaining the name, Tyson’s also operates a soda fountain, and Elvis Presley was alleged to have frequented the curbside service in his pink cadillac.

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2 Responses to Tyson Drug Company

  1. Thomas Rosell says:

    Wow what a great column & capitol! I never would have guessed this building would have been built c. 1860. This is pretty early commercial Italianate if you ask me. I looked at the Sanborn maps and its only shows up as a bank in the 1907 map. Some time after 1902 and before 1915 is when the space must have been a bank. The maps say it also served as a telegraph office.

    Here’s a ling to an old post card with Tyson’s drug in it:

    Thanks for sharing this building!


  2. Suzassippi says:

    I am basing the 1860 on the date on MDAH HRi database for the street address, and the drug company establishment date, though that does not necessarily mean the one and the same. I could not find a reference to it being a bank other than on the Tyson website, which indicated a vault was installed. The postcard photo also shows the Levy building across the street…which is the subject of a later post!

    I did find the reference to it being the telegraph office. Holly Springs was fascinating, and I definitely need to go back…in the fall when it is not so hot.

    Maybe part of the usefulness of blogs is folks communicating questions and sources, so we can encourage documenting the sources of those statements and help weed out the legend from the documented.


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