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The original Northwest Square provided burial plots, pasturage, and a place for public executions (a gallows stood here until 1823). In 1825, the square was renamed for James Logan, who served as secretary to William Penn and chief justice to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
As the neighborhood developed, the city began to improve the square, planting trees and installing walks and fences.
In 1864, during the Civil War, a large fair was held in Logan Square to raise funds for the US Sanitary Commission, the agency that aided the Union wounded. For a short time afterward, the temporary buildings erected for the fair housed some 3,000 convalescent soldiers.
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