Corner N Main and Third Streets
Then & Now: O'neil's Main & Third

Anticipation ran high for the opening of O’neil’s in time for Christmas shopping in 1946, and workmen worked around the clock for weeks remodeling the old building to be ready to open the doors.

1940s ad for O'neil's
O'neil's sign from Third Street

They were expecting a crowd of no fewer than 10,000 people. Fifty thousand actually showed up at the grand opening, and you have to wonder where they all parked.

O’neil’s moved out of downtown in the late 1960s when the mall was built.

Oneil's @ the Richland Mall

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Sunday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.