The southwest side of the Shelbyville square as the 1960 homecoming parade passes by. (T-G file photo)
You're looking at one of the most familiar locations in Shelbyville, now and in the past. Don't remember pre-urban renewal days? Then you may not have a clue where this is.
This somewhat-fuzzy photo (from a 120mm negative, which doesn't fit my negative scanner and the T-G scanner doesn't handle well) was made in the fall of 1960 from somewhere near the courthouse lawn and shows the west/northwest side of the Shelbyville square. Hoover Furniture Co. is where today's Regions Bank building is and Fred Phillips Furniture is at or very near the location of today's city hall. The old city hall/police department/fire department was just to the left of Hoover Furniture; that's the fire department's 1960 Ford at mid-left of the photo.
Note the house to the right. Remember when older homes lined Spring Street? I can only remember one, which was at what's now First United Methodist Church's parking lot; its front yard steps are still there.
The people in front were Central High students in the homecoming parade. Too bad we can't read the sign on the side of the car. Maybe someone will recognize them.
And take a closer look at the car. I had to look on the Internet to find out that it's apparently a 1959 or 1960 Opel. I don't recall ever seeing one, and I'd guess they were rarely seen even then. That's a '57 Ford riding the Opel's back bumper.
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