postcard shows a view looking east down St. Louis Street toward
before 1907, when the Colonial
Hotel was built. This busy street scene shows a streetcar loading in
passengers, many pedestrians in turn-of-the-century clothing and
carriages and wagons.
The roadway could have been paved with brick or with the more unusual
wooden blocks with which it was paved until the 1930s. At the time
of this embellished photograph St. Louis Street had one to two blocks
of commercial establishments followed by a wealthy residential street
further east. As the years passed commercial enterprises expanded
east down St. Louis Street, displacing the beautiful and historic
houses originally occupying St. Louis Street.
The postcard is postmarked 1909. It contains a message from a son
en route to Enid, Oklahoma, and stopping in Springfield on the way
from Buffalo, Missouri. The son is named Gil and he writes to Mrs.
William H. Roper of Buffalo.