Another scene of William Howard Taft at Court Square in Springfield on April 25, 1912. Photo from Progressive Springfield, Massachusetts (1913).
The scene in 2014:
These were taken from the same spot as the photos in this post, just facing toward the Connecticut River instead of toward Old First Church. The 1912 photo shows President Taft arriving in Springfield, with a crowd of onlookers waiting for him. The photo also shows the extension of Court Square, which once went all the way down to the Connecticut River. Today, Interstate 91 passes across here, with a parking garage underneath.