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Page 10 text:
In the 20th Century, inany of the "boys" who used
to stand on the corner wouldn't recognize the
North side of the square QMa5lison Streetj, Auto-
mobiles and parking meters line the streets where
the horses and buggies once stood.
Standing on the corner, in front of
the Caldwell and McGregor drug
store Qnorth side of the squarej
was a popular pastime in the
l890's. Charles A. McGregor was
one of the citv's first merchants,
He and his father, a pioneer at-
torney, came to Pontiac two years
before the railroad arrived. After
clerking in various stores, he es-
tablished a county-wide drug, book,
and notion business. The blanket
on the mule pictured above serves
as a traveling billboard advertising
Caldwell and McGregor.
The Phoenix Hotel and the Sterry Building are
located on the Sterry Block. The Phoenix Hotel
was built in October l873 at a cost of 540,000 Lo-
cal citizens donated 354,000 toward the cause. On
July 4, 1874, the building was destroyed by fire,
but it was later rebuilt. Todav it is known as
the Pontiac Hotel. I
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,ta A landmark for many
lil' ' years the old Episcopal
Church, the little church
on the Cast side of the
square. appeared thus in
1800. The sign nailed to
the board sidewalk is an
Our newest church, the Episcopal Church, is located
across from the Liyingston County' Sanatorium, It was
built in the summer of 1960 to replace the building
pictured at the right. which was torn down in the wake
of construction for 1Voolworth's Store.
Post ctncl Present
As the County seat of Liyingston County. Pontiac has been the site of three court
houses. The first, built in 1839-40, was a 202430 foot structure and had two stories.
The second, built in 1856 at a cost of S3tl.tltJ0 burned in 1874. The present structure.
constructed in 1873 at a cost of fl475,000, is pictured below. In 1886 work was begun
on the Soldiers and Sailor's Monument which was unveiled by President Theodore
Roosevelt in June, 1903. as a tribute to the soldiers and sailors of Livingston county.
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Carbon filament arc lights were Pontiac's first
street lights, The first electric light was installed
by the Thomas Houston Electric Company in 1882.
In 1899 James A. Corathers purchased the power
company. Presbyterian Church, pictured above.
was the first church to be dedicated in Pontiac
CNoyember 15, 1857.1
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Page 11 text:
Barrs, C, C. Murphy, Lclnnans, XVt'stalls, l,ihCt'ty
Restaurant :incl Ht-chts SIUITS arc lorattrtl on thc wcst
sitlc of tht' sqllart' CMill Strvvlj. On the far right is
thc Pontiac National Bank, thc bank with thc clock.
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llcforc thc flaps ni' thc Bank flofk, tht- National Bank
nkctl like this. 'l'hc bank was t-stalmlisltvcl March il
1874. The I,iXlIlQ'NlIlll County National Bank cslah
lishvtl in H471 wax alxo lcxratutl in Puntiatl 'I hcrt' wax
A ' lr lmanlw in tht' city. 'lhc trhits- hnilrling,
' t Ill tht' right sich' ul' tht' picttlrt' is tht' Puntiar Pm
Y Ollifc, hllilt in l!ll2-lfl. R. I", llrarlllnll was tha' firs
NllIl2lNll'l' to wru' in tht' new huilrling.
Tht' East sitlc of thc' square, ont' finds xarions business
L'SlLllJllSllIlIL'llIS. flfrmn lcft to rightj Klcins ll1ll'llVVZlTl'.
llr. I-aw's ollicc. Harncr's. Donncll's Print Shop, Potter
IIISIIYIIIICC. XY00lworth's antl Parkhill Clinic.
The Intt'r-nrlban Street Car, which ran
front Pontiac to Dwight, we-nt up Main
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