Fourth Street front lawn in 1896
Then & Now: Fourth and Weldon 1896

Historical Hide & Seek in downtown Mansfield often works like this: we find a picture taken by a photographer in the 1800s who was capturing a building that seemed interesting enough at the time to document; we take the photo to the site intending to capture the same scene today and; discover that the interesting building had been scrapped 50 years ago.

What a pleasure and what a wonderful surprise to discover that the place worth photographing in 1896 is still standing and thriving.

The 1896 residence of Attorney I.S. Donnell is today in use by a counseling service called Samaritan House Ministries.

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Sunday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.