|Cal Johnson, in his park.|
|Cal Johnson's Lone Tree Saloon and the "Last Tree on Gay Street".|
|Another view of the Lone Tree Saloon|
Looking at the west side of the block, from a much loftier perch on the east side, one can see how it started out much smaller than the east side. We can speculate that may have been because of the large hill behind the block limiting the size of the buildings. Whatever the case, that side of the block took longer to grow.
|An 1890's view of the west side of the 200 block of Gay Street.|
|West side of the 200 block in the teens.|
|The "1875" building|
|The Maskall Jewelry Co.|
|Shoes can be had for $3 at Dixie Shoes.|
|The 200 block in the 1920's. Note the "1875" is missing and the Lone Tree is gone.|
The above photo shows us the 200 block evolving into the 1920's. Present in this photo is the one mainstay on the block that would be there into the 1970's, "Moskins" clothing company. You'll note that there is now a 3 story building in the place of the Lone Tree Saloon. After Cal Johnson's saloons were shuttered by the prohibition ordinance, Mr. Johnson rented the building to a cobbler who had recently immigrated from Poland. He operated the Lone Tree Shoe Shop from that point until the mid-1960's. The cobbler, needing room to expand, tore down the Lone Tree and replaced it with this building in 1918. The tree itself made it until 1930, when it was finally euthanized by the city.
|Close up of the 200 block in the 1920's|
|That same shot in the 1970's, everything from the Temple building north is still there.|
|A very late photo of the 200 block west overlooking the destruction that was the Summit Hill project.|
|Businesses on the block in 1935.|
|Now it sits an empty parking lot.|
Until next time, when we move south back down Gay Street seeking to fill "The Gaps of Gay Street."