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Daniel Street looking into Market Square

From Daniel Street (c. 1900) looking into Market Square. The corner of the Pierce Block is on the left with advertising on its Daniel Street wall. Besides the horses and wagons, there are two trolley tracks in front of the North Church and one track leading into Market Street. Two trolleys can be seen in the center of the picture. One appears to be coming into 'the square' while the other is leaving downtown for destinations south and east of Portsmouth. The Portsmouth Electric Railroad was established in 1899, and had about 20 miles of track. There were two popular rail loops: the Portsmouth-Plains loop (Congress and Islington Streets) and the Christian Shore loop (Market Street and Market Street Extension). The other trolley company was the Portsmouth, Kittery, Dover and York Street Railway. The P. K. D. & Y Ry., boasted 42 miles of track. Trolleys going to Maine were taken across the Piscataqua River by one of two ferry boats: the Kittery and/or the Alice Howard.

Today, the corner of the Pierce Block is still seen. Café Brioche occupies the Pierce Block on the ground floor. With its awning front, it offers sidewalk tables and chairs for customers to enjoy a view of 'the square' while enjoying beverages and sweet rolls. The North Church is still the dominating influence on 'the square.' From this view-point, all vehicles have to go down Congress Street toward Islington as only one way traffic is permitted.

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