This photo of the Fourth of July parade in Salem, Oregon, was taken looking northeast from the corner of Court and Commercial streets. The only building in the block seen which still (2006) has a tower is Greenbaum's Quilted Forest at the far end. The photo was taken from the window of the old Cronise Studio (now the Busick Building). In the leading carriage rode the dignitaries who would deliver the addresss and conduct the program at Marion Square Park (on the river) and the young woman who would read the Declaration of Independence. Next came the Goddess of Liberty riding in a chariot. That year she was Gussie Steiwer. The streets were still dirt, and the people standing in front of the stores would have been on boardwalks. Planks also extended across the streets at intersections for the pedestrians to walk on. Several one- and two-horse carriages are seen. The store on the left corner had a large sign painted on it advertising their groceries. Many of the stores have clo
1892, July 4
Fourth of July parade; celebration; architecture; Commercial street;
w 7.6 in x h 9.3 in
Salem Public Library
scanned as tmax416. Photo donated to the Salem Public Library without restrictions.