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Picturing the Past 168: The day they took old Dixie downPosted Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 12:35 PM
The Dixie Hotel being demolished in June 1978. (T-G file photo)
By the late 1970s the Dixie had deteriorated badly. I remember being inside it and noticing that it appeared to be shabby and smelled. There was also a wooden addition to the back that, for several years before the demolition, looked as if it was ready to fall to pieces.
I also found quite a few negatives of the old Peoples Bank in its last few months on Depot Street. I'll post some interior views soon.
I see the old hotel building as it was and think of the old Bedford County Hospital and Central High School buildings, steadily deteriorating.
Actually the CHS building was deteriorating when I attended in the mid-1970s -- and it still had 30 more years to go as a middle school -- but that's another story. I thought it was such a old building then when it was only about 35 to 38 years old; I don't think of a 35-year-old building as "old" today. Maybe it was because building styles, outside and inside, had changed so much .
The original buildings of today's Central High is 35 years old now; I wonder if today's students think of it as "old"?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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