From the September 14, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."
1916, 100 years ago.
"The street and alley committee in the city council has entered into a lease on the Hiland property on North Second Street adjoining the land upon which the Mennis blacksmith shop is located and the land will be cleared and made into a public hitching lot for farmers or other people who come to town with teams and wish a place to hitch them while doing their shopping or attending other affairs."
Well, What About Automobile Parking? --RoadDog