106 Court Square—Built about 1915 with a tall parapet that makes it almost as tall as the two- story building to its west. This building and the identical double-storefront building at 100 Court Square feature simple recessed panels and decorative tie-rods. 106 Court Square was a hardware store in its very early years, and then it was Walt “Fibber” McGee’s Dime Store (called the Ben Franklin Store) beginning in 1938.
Rather than being formed by intersecting streets, DeWitt’s court square was designed as a continuous street around a public square with one access street in the middle of each block. The northwest, northeast, and southwest corners have unique lots containing buildings with chamfered corner entrances. The town was platted in such a way that people wouldn’t just pass through the downtown and keep going—the courthouse and square would be your final des- tination. This is an extremely rare layout for a court square—I’ve never seen another town like it.