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This crossroads village was laid out by local iron entrepreneur and businessman Moses Thompson. After the arrival of the railroad in the mid-1880s, the village developed a modest commercial district and new houses. The Dale-Mayes house of 1871 (1890 renovated) at 918 Pike Street shows this prosperity vividly, with its cross gables, wraparound porch, and decorative ironwork along the roof ridge. The John I. Thompson Jr. house (c. 1870; 821 Pike Street) is built of local limestone, and with its five-bay facade and three projecting dormers, it has an anachronistically Georgian appearance. The Spring Creek Presbyterian Church (c. 1870; 144 Mary Street) also makes use of local stone, and has a fine buttressed tower, a rose window and stained glass windows, and arched entrances. Other notable houses include 913 Pike Street (c. 1886), which has uncoursed stone, a circular window in the gable end, and projecting eaves with brackets. Next door at 907 Pike Street, I. J. Dreese built a center-gable, five-bay I-house at about the same time, with decorative window lintels and a spindlework porch. The railroad station (c. 1885; 140 Mary Street) is reused as an architectural office and shops.

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