Streetscape 1859

Streetscape 1859 (HM12OF)

Location: Springfield, IL 62701 Sangamon County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 48.033', W 89° 38.947'

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This is how the south side of the public square looked from this vantage point (circa 1859), looking east along Adams Street. Businesses at the time included (starting at right); J.W. Bunn Groceries; T.S. Little clothier, with a dental office and the offices of the Independent newspaper above; E.B.Hawley dry goods, with the photography studio of Preston Butler (who took this picture) above; E.B. Pease hardware; William T. Smith tobacco shop; David Hickey confectioner; E.R. Wiley tailor; Thomas Brady's Saloon; Thomas Owen drugs and books; William W. Watson confectioner, J. Thayer dry goods; I.B Curran jeweler; R.F. Ruth harness and leather goods; C.M. & S. Smith dry goods; Hurst & Matheny dry goods.

View south from the Capitol cupola
This is one of four panoramic landscapes painted from a perspective atop the Old State Capitol sometime between late 1848 and early 1854, showing buildings along the south side of the public square. Beyond stretches the prairie. From here townspeople sometimes watched spectacular prairie fires, as on on evening in 1840 when a observer reported that "the prairie south of the city was lit up with fire. The scene was beautiful. The night sky was dark, and as we viewed the fire from the State house, we were filled with delightful emotions."

HM NumberHM12OF
Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 10:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 273200 N 4408978
Decimal Degrees39.80055000, -89.64911667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.033', W 89° 38.947'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 1.98" N, 89° 38' 56.82" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-99 E Adams St, Springfield IL 62701, US
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