- "Doc had fixed the inside of this place up pretty well. He'd divided the stables up into three different parts. There were living quarters at one end, a stable with a handful of horses at the other, and in between, all the blacksmith stuff, including a forge and anvil, plus some of Doc's usual inventions, improving on the local tools."
- —From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 82)
A livery stable was a business that kept horses for hire, and where horse owners could pay to have their horses temporarily kept and cared for.
In 1885, Emmett Brown owned a livery stable in Hill Valley that also served as his residence and blacksmith's workshop. It sat on a plot which would, seventy years later, be occupied by a Texaco service station.
The interior of the workshop was divided into three sections: living quarters, which included Doc's automated breakfast maker and refrigerator; a workspace, where Doc could shoe horses and fix wagons; and a stable, which was home to his horses Archimedes, Galileo and Newton. After Marty McFly ended up in 1885, it also housed the DeLorean time machine and one of Doc's demonstration models.