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Picturing the past 2Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 2:29 PM
Clift's Feed Mill, from a photo negative dated April 14, 1963. (T-G file photo)
I have vague memories of standing outside and in the front office of Clift's Feed Mill on Holland Street.
Clift's old location is today a large, empty lot, directly across from where Holland intersects with Deery Street.
Seems like when I was a very young child there was a lot of agricultural-type activity around that downtown intersection, more than just Clift's.
Across the street was Stockmen's (or was it Stockman's?) Cafe, next door to Bedford Cheese in a building which still exists but now has blocked-up windows. On the other side of Holland was a long-gone factory, and next door to Clift's was/is the original location of Kincaid Service Co., in the small, red-brick building.
The flooring of the old factory building still exists.
And so does, I think, a remnant of Clift's. Along Deery Street, in the area where Clift's was, is one concrete step, by itself next to the sidewalk. Look closely at this photo. Does Clift's front step still exist?
Although there are businesses near the old Clift's location -- a street rod firm, in particular -- too much of the area around Deery and Holland is empty or rundown. It's sort of a downer to drive through that area.
There's been some talk of a new downtown judicial building to relieve overcrowding in the courthouse. Seems like that location -- near lawyers' offices, within an area in need of a boost -- would be the perfect place. (As if we don't have empty buildings and "dead areas" in too many other areas of Shelbyville as well...)
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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