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Washington Street in the 1800s
October 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Come learn a bit about the history of downtown Springfield’s Washington Street! Attorney Richard Hart, well-known for his love of history, has focused on researching Springfield and its residents, particularly about the times of Lincoln. He will present a special free program, with images, of Washington Street in Springfield.
The host business, Books on the Square, is located there in close proximity to the Old State Capitol Square. The building it occupies was completed in 1854 and served as City Hall for Springfield for a few years. Being near the Capitol was regarded as the commerce area for growth of the city. In the early years, Washington Street was also known as Chicken Row, with livestock wandering free throughout the area. Hart will illustrate many of the businesses and where they were located, though most of the original structures have long vanished.