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Old Town’s Entrepreneur Spirit (#1)

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2011
1. Old Town’s Entrepreneur Spirit (#1) Marker
Inscription. From 1870 through the 1800s, Henry Piper, one of Old Town’s early entrepreneurs, operated a successful bakery in a narrow alley. Today, the building at Wells and North is known as Piper’s Alley. The existing house located at 1546 North Wells was built in 1874 and was the site of a coal yard. Farmers returning home from doing business downtown would stop and water their horses at a trough provided in the yard. In the 1920s, German carpenter Louis Seipp, operated his wood working business from the site and raised his family in the home. The contemporary entrepreneur spirit of Old Town is represented by the Up Down Tobacco Shop, which opened in 1963. Located at 1550 North Wells, the Up Down Tobacco Shop is an Old Town institution specializing in fine tobacco. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 41° 54.639′ N, 87° 38.084′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is on Wells Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1550 Wells Street, Chicago IL 60610, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second City (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Prominent Residents of Old Town (#2) (about 500 feet away); Old Town and The Great Fire (#3)
Old Town’s Entrepreneur Spirit (#1) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2011
2. Old Town’s Entrepreneur Spirit (#1) Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Gerber House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Couch Tomb (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Couch Tomb (approx. ¼ mile away); Catholic Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Abraham Lincoln Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Categories. Industry & CommercePolitical Subdivisions
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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