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 Early Horse and Buggy Street Scene

 
This somewhat amusing picture of well dressed gentlemen with shiny shoes passing the hat to a crying gentleman while two gentlemen look on from their buggy seat high above a rather muddy Prairie Street shows what the south side of the street looked like shortly after 1900.  On that side of the street was the Chinberg building, later known as the Strahn Brothers store, and still later known as Canada Drug store.  Also, John Hoaglund had a building which passed through a number of hands eventually to be bought by Larson and Turin.  The second Kiron Hotel was the most westerly building on that block.  In the background between the gentlemen can be seen the uptown lumber yard building.  The wooden sidewalks with the hitching post date this picture to early 1900's.