320 Court Square—The current building was constructed about 1925, but this block has changed a lot since that time. From that time until at least 1943, there was a two-story building to the south of this one, followed by a three-story building, and then a small, one-story building on the corner lot. They are all gone now. But Harry Lipman Dry Goods was in the northern storefront (left) of this building, and Snarr Drug Store was in the right hand portion. In the next building over was Moncrief Grocery and then the Blue Front Café moved into that building. Underwood Dime Store was on the corner.
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.