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Colorized photo of South side of town square in 1858, church steeple in background.

By the 1850s, Springfield was growing city, the capital of Illinois, and boasted a bustling downtown square built around the Capitol building.  Just off the square on the left is a large church and the American House hotel.  Other businesses, including J. Bunn’s, are still in business in Springfield.  This is a colorized photograph originally taken in 1858.

Paper. H 9 ,W 14 cm
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, LIHO 10290