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Swamp Root: 1905

Swamp Root: 1905

Binghamton, New York, circa 1905. "Kilmer factory." The wellspring of Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root, a popular patent medicine. The building was also the temporary headquarters of another Kilmer enterprise, the Binghamton Press newspaper. Panorama of two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

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Yup, still there

DeeGee, yes, the Kilmer Building is still there. It houses a bar & grill called Remliks, among other things. The railroad station is there too, but no longer functions as a station - bunch of different businesses in and out of the space - I think it's a hairdresser right now? Not sure. Just down the street is the AAA ball field, home of the Binghamton Mets.

Dr. Kilmer's Virginia Estate

I grew up not too far from where Dr. Kilmer had an estate on the Rappahannock River in Virginia. The name of the community that grew up around the farm where he trained his Kentucky Derby horses is called Remlik, which is, of course, Kilmer spelled backward. The area is still called Remlik and until recently there was a Remlik post office.

Solidly Built

Looks like Dr. Kilmer's building is still there, as is the Erie RR Station referred to on the sign:


What exactly were these guards for around the tree trunks? I've seen squirrels do amazing things and getting past those would be a cinch!

[Horses nibble. - Dave]

15 Herbal Ingredients

Dr. Kilmer blended 15 herbal ingredients for Swamp-Root: from South Africa, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Tibet, and North-west China, into a balanced formula that benefits the digestive, respiratory, and nervous systems.


No awnings above the second floor, sorry, folks. Interesting detail of brackets at the cornice line, how they line up with the wall below. What's the picture of a building in the storefront, just to the left of the corner entrance. Nice looking building, wonder, is it still there?

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