The Enos Park neighborhood, north of downtown, is one of five areas of Springfield that have been exhaustively studied by Fever River Research. The resulting reports are extraordinarily informative historical and archaeological analyses. (The Enos Park report formerly was available online; however, Fever River’s website was hacked in 2014, and this report is among several that, as of March 2015, had not yet been restored.)
Springfield-based Fever River Research says it “specializes in cultural resource management projects that are associated with historic properties that date to the recent past. We conduct a variety of projects that include historical archaeology, architectural studies, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and traditional history.”
The survey defines the Enos Park neighborhood, “somewhat arbitrarily,” as being “bounded by Third Street on the west, Ninth Street on the east, North Grand Avenue on the north, and Carpenter Street on the south.” The area is one of Springfield’s older residential neighborhoods, Fever River notes.
Topics in the report include brief discussions of coal mines and industries in the area, Springfield park development, a lengthy discussion of “shotgun houses” and a review of architects and contractors who were active in Enos Park, particularly in the early decades of the 20th century.
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