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Picturing the Past 154: Before the bypass

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 9:26 AM

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The Depot Street-North/South Jefferson Street intersection, in a photo dated Aug. 25, 1965. (T-G file photo)
Recognize this intersection? It's almost totally changed from August 1965, when this photo was shot, yet at the same time it's apparent where you are, at least to me.

Go here for a larger view.

You're looking north from the south side of the North/South Jefferson Street-Depot Street intersection, the route of today's 82 Bypass. The photographer was standing next to First Baptist Church. The building at far left is the only one in the photo still standing today. I guess the "door to nowhere" - a door on the second floor wall - must have back then led to the building with a garage door. Parts of its floor are still visible in what is now a parking lot.

The next building covered what is now the soutbound lanes of the bypass. That intersection next to it was the site of a lot of wrecks back then; seeing around those buildings was hard. At far right is the old Cannon Chevrolet building, now an empty lot with some of the concrete and holes where light poles were still remaining.

The photo was published to point out what was then considered a parking problem. You'll see several cars parked near a "no parking" sign.

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.


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I am wondering if the garage door was part of Goodyear that was once on that side, but I can't remember exactly where. Interesting to see these old photos.

-- Posted by cookie on Wed, Apr 11, 2012, at 9:53 AM

David, Can you put the enlargement link to this pic?

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Wed, Apr 11, 2012, at 11:18 AM

Was this a one way street? The cars are all facing South and so are the No Parking Signs.No wonder there was a parking problem.

-- Posted by Cal t on Wed, Apr 11, 2012, at 10:48 PM

cookie if I remember correctly I think the building in question was the former Woosley-Thomas furniture store. I think the Goodyear store was next door to the East and was all on one level.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Apr 12, 2012, at 7:26 AM

Enlargement link's now online. Didn't do it at first because due to the negative's condition the scan's sort of grungy.

I don't remember this being one-way, at least since the 1970s. Seems like if it were one way the no parking sign would be facing in the other direction.

-- Posted by David Melson on Thu, Apr 12, 2012, at 9:34 AM

Something tells me this picture was taken on a Sunday morning. First Baptist and First Christian were right next to each other at this intersection. Parking spaces on Sunday morning would have certainly been at a premium.

-- Posted by Mi on Thu, Apr 12, 2012, at 9:37 AM

except now that I see the picture is dated 1965, 1st Christian would have moved to Madison St by then!

-- Posted by Mi on Thu, Apr 12, 2012, at 9:38 AM

Also, South Central Bell was to the left of the parked cars. It was a two-way street. This was my first job after marrying and I know at times there would be cars parked in the wrong direction when we went in the building. Guess folks were just in a hurry and didn't want to take a chance on turning around for fear the spot would be gone when they returned :)

-- Posted by decorate1956 on Thu, Apr 12, 2012, at 10:36 AM

August 25th, 1965 was a Wednesday.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Apr 12, 2012, at 12:07 PM

Wasn't Jack Palmers produce company on the corner across from Cannon? Bought fruit there for the drug store.

-- Posted by Wolf Clan on Thu, Apr 12, 2012, at 7:34 PM

Are there two sidewalks there? If not, then the utility poles are in the street. Since they would be blocking traffic, why shouldn't that be parking. If so, then the cars are parked on the sidewalk.

-- Posted by Tyger on Thu, Apr 12, 2012, at 9:32 PM

Wolf Clan, yes, you are correct about Jack Palmer's produce being in the corner building. I can not tell you what years he was there before moving to Lane Parkway but I know he was there in the early 60s.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Apr 13, 2012, at 6:37 AM

Just gotta love those cars! Great American made classics.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, Apr 14, 2012, at 7:58 AM

I may be wrong, but I think I am remembering the side of Palmers being on the street beside the theatre. My father had a restaurant and we would get the bags of potatoes for french fries from Palmers. That was the day when you cut your own :)

-- Posted by decorate1956 on Sat, Apr 14, 2012, at 11:44 AM

decorate

looking back, I see Cannon's, the street, Palmers, a small shoe shop owned by Charles Shockney, Furniture store(Woosley and Thomas I think), another store front, the theater, street, store front later to become a dress shop, jewelry store' drug store(Daughtry's), Mullins Barber shop, alley, Kroger store building facing the square. Let me know if this is just my bad memory.

-- Posted by Wolf Clan on Sun, Apr 15, 2012, at 9:49 AM

You're probably right. I remember there being a dock at the side of the building where he would park and they would use a two-wheeler to bring out the bags of potatoes. As I look closer at the photo, it looks like this has to be it.

-- Posted by decorate1956 on Mon, Apr 16, 2012, at 10:51 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.