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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Main Street in the '60s ~

Photo: Paul D. Johnston Jr.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

All in ruin because of Sam Walton and greed. Sure miss those days. Drive to Bon Aire,around the drive in back down around the courthouse and back. Simple fun,gas at 23 cents a gallon. Give ne 50 cents worth and drain the hose.

Bob Dorcy

let's move on said...

What ? It's Sam Waltons fault gas isn't 23 cents a gal ?

Anonymous said...

Bought alot of car parts at Blatts.

Good people and easy to deal with

Anonymous said...

let's not forget the 7/11 and those places that put the mom and pops corner stores out of business. Everyone is against Walmart for opening on Thanksgiving - Kmart opened early,best buy and Why don't people just stay home and not shop.
That could hurt them..... NOW what about the "big" theaters that WILL be open on Christmas Day.

Anonymous said...

How I miss seeing the big Woolworth's sign when I walk downtown. Really,the decline began when Monky Wards moved to New Castle Road in I think 1969.
In just a couple of decades all of us that remember the "magic" that was downtown Butler will be gone. The younger ones won't miss it because they never experienced

Anonymous said...

I think you are right. Butler Mall was there long before Walmart. Anyone remember the Christmas decorations that were drapped across the street. I loved the look of main street at Christmas.

george Snyder said...

I helped put those decorations up one Christmas as part of a Boy Scout project. George Snyder

Anonymous said...

I remember Main Street before Butler Mall, before Clearview Mall, when the only "mall" was across from Armco on Rt. 8 South--Gaylord's and Friedman's and smaller shops. Butler in those days maintained it's own identity despite being just 30 miles north of Pittsburgh because Rt. 8 had all those lights and the Interstate really didn't take you to Pittsburgh; we weren't a Penn Hills, a Churchill, a Mount Lebanon, all sort of bedroom communities of Pittsburgh. Going downtown in those days was exciting for a child; Troutman's and Honse, the wooden floors at Woolworth's; Montgomery Wards on Main Street where Penny's located later and I even remember a W.T.Grant and more. All gone, of course. AB Mann for glasses; Miller and Ralph's for shoes; Blatt's as you can see; the Workingman's Store for Carharts (still there, I think). Lloyds for stationary at one end; Tracy's at the other. Cumming's; the hardware across from Phillip's Gas (I've forgotten).

Anonymous said...

Remember Murphy's 5&dime---it was the 50's---walk uptown and the Christmas lights were drapped across the street. Walk into Murphy's--rush of warm air and the smell of roasted cashews. I remember buying a bottle of Blue Waltz perfume (pretty little bottle) for 12 cents.

Anonymous said...

Funny, I remember main street being dead way before Wal-Mart ever came.

Conrad said...

I recall when the K-Mart was built out at the Point shopping center and people said that would be the end of down town. I think that might have been 64 or 65. My father sold the hardware store on Main Street that had been in our family since the 30s in 62 or early 63 as he saw the writing on the wall. I too recall the Christmas decorations that used to go across the street, would love to see a photo of that. Also recall the Christmas parades. We moved in 66 so most of my memories are as this photo shows, but have been back a few times over the years and know much has changed. But then again, time rarely stands still. The little town we moved to in Virginia in 66 is now a part of the DC suburbs and is definitely nothing like it was back then.