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Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Streetscape 1859

 
 
Streetscape 1859 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
1. Streetscape 1859 Marker
Inscription.
North side of the public square
This is the how the north side of the public square looked from this vantage point (circa 1859), looking east along Washington Street. The rickety wood structures of "Chicken Row" that had been familiar to Lincoln when he arrived twenty years earlier had been replaced by substantial commercial buildings, including five dry goods stores, two clothiers, a shoe and leather shop, a hardware store, a confectionery, a grocery, a furniture store, a tin and stove dealer, a jeweler, and a tobacco shop. Several lawyers, doctors, photographers, and dentists had offices in various upper rooms. On the third floor of the long building in the center of the block was the Concert Hall where traveling performers and local talents provided many evenings of entertainment.

View north 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. The identity of the artist is not known for sure, though it may have been one of the period;s many painters of traveling canvass panorama exhibits. The original paintings are displayed in the Old State Capitol. Comparing the 1859 photograph with this earlier landscape portrait reveals the improvement in buildings over time along the north side of the public square.

Photo of Washington Street image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
2. Photo of Washington Street

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
 
Location. 39° 48.099′ N, 89° 38.947′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and 5th Street on Washington 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. Lincoln's Last Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Stuart and Lincoln Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wedding of the Rose and the Lotus (within shouting distance of this marker); Surveyor Presidents (within shouting distance of this marker); Joshua Speed's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Lincoln's Ring (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln's Hat (about 300 feet away); Brunwick's Billiard Hall (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
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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 283 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 25, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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