Gainesville's public square has been the center of activity since the town's founding. It's had its ups and downs with traffic, ranging from horses and wagons to modern vehicles trying to find parking places.
When moonshine liquor was in its heyday, bootleggers went to great lengths to hide their stills or disguise their liquor-making supplies and products. They also used their imagination to outfox local sheriffs and revenue officers.
While mostly wealthy citizens could afford cars in the early years, there were enough puttering around toward the end of the first decade of the 20th century to create an increasing demand for better roads. Wagon and buggy riders had long sought improved roads.