A Peek into Plaza District Past
These are my most favorite emails to receive. If you, your parents, or your grandparents have stories of the yesteryear Plaza District days, please email them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are looking to compile all sorts of stories to hopefully gain more perspective on the history of our district. Perhaps we can compile into a written history someday! This is from a gentleman who grew up in the area as a child:
“It is great to see this area revived. We lived at 1520 NW 10th in the 1930s, and frequently went to movies at the Plaza theater. I remember a bakery, shoe shop, maybe a Western Auto store (first ball glove purchased there), & other businesses on 16th. Mckinley Park was a favorite hangout, as well. There was a railroad track running along near Blackwelder. You could follow it from 10th to 16th. I attended Whittier Grade School at 10th & Kentucky from kindergarten thru 4th grade. Sometimes I would venture as far as 16th and Indiana on the west and over to the Victoria theater on the east. We had a lot of fun in that area as kids – nice memories even though a depression was going on.”
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