In 1831, three commissioners decided that the center of the public square would be the exact center of the town. Ever since then, the public square has been the place where politicians and celebrities as well as the every day citizen has come to socialize. But it wasn't always as scenic as it is today. Newspaper articles from the early 1850's show that many people complained about the condition of the square. It wasn't until 1862 that sidewalks were added to the area, and it was 1863 before a committee was appointed for the sole purpose of improving the town square. In 1881, due to heavier traffic, a traffic circle was implemented as well iron railings that functioned both as a boundary to the newly formed park in the center as well as a hitching rail for horses. Improvements continued with the addition of arc lamps and paved brick streets around the square in 1889. In 1890, an 18 foot tall, cast-iron, fountain was placed in the center of the square surrounded by a 20 foot pool. Unfortunately, due to an inadequate water supply, the fountain was removed during World War I, but in 2001, the square was rededicated and plans for a new fountain were made.