Springfield square, 1859 (photos)

North side

North side

South side

South side

East side

East side

West side

West side

These photographs showing the four sides of the public square in 1859 are the most frequently viewed scenes of Springfield life during the years Abraham Lincoln lived in the city. They were taken by Preston Butler (1818-??), who had a daguerreotype studio on the square from the mid-1850s until the mid-1860s.

Butler is best known for several portraits he made of Lincoln himself, including one thought to be the last image of the beardless Lincoln, taken on Aug. 13, 1860.schs-logo-22

Hat tip: To Curtis Mann and Stephanie Martin, co-curators of “Shifting Sands: Springfield’s Architectural Legacy,” photo exhibit at Edwards Place in Springfield, January 2016.

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