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Picturing the Past 154: Before the bypassPosted Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 9:26 AM
The Depot Street-North/South Jefferson Street intersection, in a photo dated Aug. 25, 1965. (T-G file photo)
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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.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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