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Richert & Dillaha Law Office Shannon Drugs, Pitt Bros. Saloon

Walking Tour Prepared By Kevin & Lisa Ragland
With History By: Yolanda Reid & Linda Dean

On January 25, 1872, fire destroyed the buildings in existence at that time from today's 512 S. Main, Crawford's' law office south to today's Crossroad Book store. This building is believed to have been built shortly thereafter and is for certain here in 1888. The building was purchased by John & Jasper Pitt in January 1890 and was opened as Pitt Saloon in that year continuing as such through 1903. It is in 1903 that Springfield voted dry and all saloons were closed.
The distilleries manufacturing liquor continued to make and sell their product but not in Springfield.

Tennessee passed a law in 1909 prohibiting the sale and production of liquor and the distilleries in Robertson County closed. The Pitt Brothers and their descendants continued ownership of this property until selling it in 1938. During the years 1909 through 1976 Shannon Drug Company did business here, first renting from the Pitt family then in 1938 brothers J. Dudley Shannon & Herbert. A. Shannon purchased the property from them. Louis Draughon bought the building in January 1977 and rented it to Georgia Girl Fashions through 1982. Mr. Draughon's estate sold it to Clyde W. Richert, Ill in 1985 and today he continues his law practice here.

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