The Walter Building Hillsboro Illinois

Updated: Sep 17, 2021


Walter Building - Hillsboro Illinois
Walter Building - Hillsboro Illinois

Photo taken by former Historical Society President Idabel Evans. Image was scanned from 35mm color slide. I think this photo was taken in the late 1960's.


The Walter building sits in the Southwest corner of the Courthouse Square. Built in the 1860's by Colonel Paul Walter. Colonel Walter went to California during the 1850's gold rush and returned to Hillsboro with more than $50,000.00 and one of the things he did with the money was build this building. Colonel Walter is the grandfather of Esther Challacombe.


The back 3/4 of this building (facing Hamilton Street) was destroyed by fire in the 1930's. Just the front you see today (which faces Main Street) survived the fire. Prior to the fire the upstairs hall was used as a roller skating rink, basketball games and hosted many public gatherings.


In the top photo Max Wilson's Real Estate office and Velma's Beauty Salon were located in this building. There is also a sign in the upstairs window offering guitar lessons. On November 1, 1930 Evrglo Neon Signs opened for business in this building.

Side view of the Walter building showing just the front quarter of the building still stands.
Side view of the Walter building showing just the front quarter of the building still stands.
Newspaper article from the 1930's.
Newspaper article from the 1930's.
In 1907 Baby Ruth the skating pony performed in the second floor hall at the Walter building.
In 1907 Baby Ruth the skating pony performed in the second floor hall at the Walter building.


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