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Benson's Department Store - Beaver Falls PA

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William H. Benson (1857-1924), of Irish descent and born in Allegany County, New York, opened the Benson’s Department Store in 1898. The dry goods store was initially located in the old Dawson Building on Seventh Avenue in Beaver Falls. In 1907 he built and moved into his own building (shown above) located beside the Granada Theater at the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 12th Street. Benson operated the successful store until his death in 1924. His descendants, including his son Harold Benson and possibly grandson William “Bill” Benson Jr., continued to run the business for many years. (Photo courtesy of Bill Cwynar) (c1970) Full Size


The interior of the Benson’s Department Store. Founder and owner William Benson can be seen at left. (c1909) (Photo provided courtesy of Bill Cwynar) Full Size


Two retail receipts signed by William Benson. (1907) Full Size


The interior of Benson’s Department Store. I believe the store was closed in about 1970. Eat’n Park subsequently operated a restaurant at the location from 1974 until early 2002, and then Lindy’s Restaurant occupied the location for a few years beginning in April 2002. The building was razed in c2008. The one-story Heritage Valley Family Medical Center now occupies the site. (Photo courtesy of Bill Cwynar) (c1950) Full Size

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  1. Jeff,Next time you are in Beaver Falls check out Lutton Funeral Home on 5th.ave. This was The former Benson mansion.Prior to that it was one of the Moltrup bros.mansion.Keep up the good work!Bill

    Bill Cwynar · 07/23/2013 08:43 AM · #

  2. My grandmother, Gladys Harter, worked in the children’s department on the third floor shortly before Benson’s closed and Eat ‘n Park opened a restaurant on the first floor.

    I remember hiding among the clothing racks while my mom shopped, an old manual cash register and a pretzel jar that never failed to open when my mother took us to pick up “Gram”.

    Thanks for the photo… just starting to explore your site, but having lots of great memories as I read!

    Brian Conner · 02/10/2014 09:56 PM · #

  3. My grandfather, Thomas Evans purchased Benson’s around 1948 and operated it until about 1970.

    Linda Dexter · 06/19/2014 04:48 PM · #