Learning about Payson history through old tintype

r By Stephen Parsons

Continued from last month:rAs we continue to follow the clues of the photo, we begin to establish a time period for the image. We have the photo from last month showing the view of the buildings as they were in 1869 and there are no trees and no covered porch at the tin shop. By 1890, we see telephone wires and power lines running up and down Main Street, so our photo likely has to fall between those times, probably about 1880.rWe also have an address for the William Douglass store in recorded history of Payson: 103 N. Main. A quick visit with L Dee Stevenson of the Payson Historical Society will teach you that addresses in Payson changed around a bit in the early history of Payson.rAs we look closely at the images from last month, we can see that our view of the buildings in the tintype is a view looking to the east. When we began enhancing and restoring the tintype image, two unmistakable mountains appear in the image. Do you recognize them? So we can clearly see this a view looking to the east alongside 100 North. What we have come to know as 103 N. Main would be to the west of Walgreens at Wagon Wheel Park, but since the doors face 100 North instead of Main, their addresses would have been something such as 5 W. 100 North.rWith these clues, we now have an established time period and a location, which gives us insight as to who the photographer may have been, and that alone is worth coming back for next time. It also leads us to a few clues as to the mysterious two-story brick building …. Come back to learn more about that as well!


Chris Baird
Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

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