Fourth Street, late 1930s

Below is a photo taken on Fourth Street/Highway 160 in the late 1930s.  That approximate date is attributed to the photograph because of the album from which it was taken, and because of the state of the buildings in the photograph.

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Note the orientation of the buildings on both the north and south sides of the street toward the railroad, and not toward Fourth Street/Highway 160 itself, as they later did or as the structures which replaced them did.  The street has obviously not been paved.  The railroad depot can be seen in the distance, just to the left of the kneeling man.

While this may appear at first glance to be a color photograph, it is not.  It a black and white photo which has been “tinted,” a procedure common at that time.  In the interest of full disclosure, however, I have removed some writing that appeared in the shadows on the right side of the photo.  The essential nature of the buildings shown and the man and the dog he is holding have not been changed, though.  I’m not entirely certain of the man’s identity, so I won’t give a name.

Below is a photo taken from approximately the same place and angle in the late afternoon of February 10, 2008. 

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The building on the north (left) side of the earlier photo was demolished in 1978 and that site is now occupied by R. B.’s Car Wash.  The building on the south (right) side of the earlier photo has been replaced by the one which now houses, on the far side of it, Bradley Ag Supply.

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