West side of the public square
This is the how west side of the public square looked from this vantage point (circa 1859), looking north along Fifth Street. In September 1859 "daguerrean" (photographer) Preston Butler advertised his four photographic views of the square "handsomely got up in sets" and "offered for sale at low prices."
View west 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 west side of the public square. A fire destroyed over half of the buildings pictured along this section of Fifth Street in 1855. The 1859 photograph shows how the block was rebuilt.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 48.038′ N, 89° 38.95′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Adams Street and 5th Street on W. Adams Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Streetscape 1859 (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln's Dentist
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 25, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.