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HISTORICAL POSTCARDS OF SPRINGFIELD,
Square (view 3 of 7)
This postcard is a street scene showing the northwest quadrant of
the Square. The "Pie," a circular paved concrete area in the center
of the square, which served as a turnabout for the streetcars and
automobile traffic, is clearly viewed in the center of the postcard.
It was erected in 1909 to serve as an area for beautification with
flowers and to help keep traffic congestion in the middle of the
Square to a minimum. It also prevented automobile and carriage drivers
from parking in the center of the Square. A streetcar is visible
on the left side of the card. Streetcar tracks should be visible
in the lower part of the card, but have apparently been shaded out.
The postcard is dated "before 1913." From left are the courthouse,
the Smith's Clothing Company, the Baker Block Office Building, Dalrymple
Drugs, Browne's Bookstore and Office Supplies, the Merchant's National
Bank and, across Boonville, Nathan's