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Picturing the Past 31: Depot Street '63Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at 9:25 AM
East Depot Street as it appeared in April 1963. (T-G File Photo)
The photo was actually taken due to street paving, but the background tells its own story.
The side of the Ben Franklin store is at left. Next is Southland Department Store, in a building which was destroyed by the city in 2008 due to its poor condition. You'll also see Hames-Daughtrey Drug Store (please correct the 'Daughtrey' if I've got it wrong); that building was also demolished last year after the remnants of the Southland building fell on it.
I'm still getting used to seeing a vacant lot where those buildings were. The drug store lasted into the 1970s; I remember it well. Southland was before my time.
It's also interesting seeing Depot Street before the brick sidewalks and trees were installed years later.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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