OLD DOWNTOWN https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/ OLD DOWNTOWN Horse and buggy days On the outside wall behind 119 N. Florence St. is an iron hitching ring, a remnant from horse and buggy days. https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185922200 185922200 Warning One of two signs on the outside west and south walls of 119 N. Florence St. warning of a cesspool. https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185922201 185922201 Theatre A look at the architecture of the back of the Paramount Theatre, taken from the alley. https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185922202 185922202 Initials Along the top of the wall on the northeast corner of Florence and Third streets. Initials are for the B & L Building, a project by M.M. "Bud" Bottriell and Louis Hammer, instrumental in developing most of the commercial property between Third and Fourth streets on Florence Street and on Fourth Street. The Casa Grande Valley Historical Society says the area was known as "Bud and Louisville" during the 1930s and 1940s. https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185922203 185922203 A ghost A ghost sign remains along the top north wall of 211 N. Florence St., upper left. https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185922204 185922204 Don Market A close look at the weathered Don Market sign on Florence Street just north of First Street shows that the sign was once lighted by neon tubing. https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185922205 185922205 Another ghost On the south side of First Street just west of Florence Street. https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185922206 185922206 Bricks Many of the doorways in old downtown have the brick support arches above them. Although it has a First Street address, this is actually in the alley between Main and First streets west of Florence Street. https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185922207 185922207 Other oddities These support rod plates catch the eye on the south side of 211 N. Florence St. https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185922208 185922208 Support If you stop to look, many of the buildings in old downtown, such as these along Florence Street, have steel rods supporting the weight of the overhangs. https://www.haroldkitching.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=185922209 185922209