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HISTORICAL POSTCARDS OF SPRINGFIELD,
Louis Street (view 4 of 4)
black-and-white photograph is dated March of 1959 on the front,
but according to C.H. "Skip" Curtis the photograph dates to 1953.
The orientation is looking west toward the Public Square. The Greyhound
Bus Depot, the St. Louis Street Coffee Shop and the Tinkle Bar (where
the sign says "Liquor") are on the left. These buildings were razed
in 1986. The next building is the Martin Chrysler-Plymouth building,
which currently houses the Discovery Center. The Colonial Hotel is the six-story structure on the left, sitting
at the southwest corner of St. Louis and Jefferson. Across from
it, at the northwest corner, is the taller 10-story Woodruff Building.
The Woodruff Building is still standing but the Colonial Hotel was
razed in 1997. On the right side of the street is Crosly Auto Parts,
Dee's Liquor and a Texaco station. The sign for the Hotel Moran
can be seen near the Woodruff building.