In In the Midst of Alarms (1894) by Robert Barr, a young boy was describing the place of blacksmith’s shop, saying:
Oh, a couple of miles or so; down at the Cross Roads.
Then he said later in another passage:
We’ll keep it up until we come in sight of the Corners, then we’ll slow down to a walk. There’s sure to be a lot of fellows at the blacksmith’s shop, so we’ll come in on them easy like.
Was it common in the late 19th century to write normal places, like "cross roads" and "corners" in capital letters?