I often find myself explaining to people that Buffalo Street in Caddo was not Main Street “in the old days”. It has never been renamed, although it has been changed and widened over the years. The original block of Caddo sat where the big buffalo is displayed and the entire block was destroyed by fire in 1900. It was because of the fire that the Choctaw National Bank moved to the corner of Buffalo and Arkansas.
Main Street, however, has been “the 69 highway”, “the Jefferson Highway”, “the old highway” and “the Caddo highway”. In fact, the Google map labels it as Old 69 Highway from the Blue River to Caddo, then Main Street through Caddo, then Caddo Highway going north out of Caddo. Trying giving those directions to a friend!
In the first years of Caddo’s existence Main Street had more buildings than Buffalo, including an opera house, a lumber yard, hardware stores, both the Methodist and Baptist churches, a lodge, a racket store, a “society hall”, and a livery stable. The old courthouse was located on Main Street and Court Street.
November 30, 1875
Henry Conrady, located on Main Street, is making some excellent furniture and has some now on hand for sale – Cupboards, Safes, Bureaus, etc. Anything in his line will be made to order on the shortest notice.
J. N. Alexander – Blacksmith and Wagon Maker. Blacksmith shop is on Main Street at Harlan’s old stand and wagon shop immediately east of it, where I have been at work for the last year. The Blacksmith Shop is carried on by Campbell and Brown. As a horse-shoer Mr. Campbell is superior.
January 24, 1879
Mr. Joe Lawrence has had a plank walk put across Main Street running from his meat market to the west side of the street – an improvement that had been very much needed.
February 17, 1899
The photograph gallery has been moved from Main to Buffalo street. See advertisement.
March 17, 1899
D. McCoy is having two business houses erected, each 22x40 feet. He will also erect two business houses on the east side of Main Street, each 24 by 60 feet. They are to be completed before the first of April.
April 7, 1899
D. McCoy’s new building on Main Street is now up and begins to look like a substantial structure.
May 16, 1902
It has been three years since the editor (J. S. Hancock) came to Caddo the first time and as our mind carries us back to that time, and we think of what our town is today , we are prone to say, the world do move”, paraphrasing, it would be, “Caddo do move.” Three years ago Buffalo Street contained only five brick stores, and about a dozen wooden shacks, most of the business was done on Main Street.
On Main Street we had the stores of G. W. Phillips, D. McCoy, W. H. Masterson, C. A. Hancock, W. H. Ainsworth, P. W. Arnold House & Health, Livery Stable, The Caddo Courier, Opera House, The Caddo Herald, and in the Hampton building near the Masonic Hall was the store of W. J. Moon.
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