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Corner of State and Pleasant Streets

Yesterday, from the corner of State and Pleasant Streets, looking in toward Market Square, c. 1860, as photographed by Carl Meinerth. From this point of view, the North Church is identifiable at the far left hand corner on Market Square, and the Portsmouth Athenaeum is in the middle background on the other side of 'the square.' The historical significance of 'the square' is that from c.1760 to 1836 Portsmouth was the site of the New Hampshire State House (see 1813 map). At the time of this photograph, one of the buildings on the right hand side of the street was the home of the Portsmouth Gazette, the oldest newspaper in the U.S. The Portsmouth Gazette is still published today by a descendant of its founder.

Today, from Pleasant Street to Market Square is still a part of our Central Business District. It is one of three streets that lead into 'the square', and is open to one way traffic only. Some of the buildings have been saved and recycled for today's businesses; others are still used for the purposes for which they were built (see Pleasant Street from 'the square'). The major difference is that the wooden building, directly behind the North Church, was taken down and replaced with a brick office building.

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