Grand Boulevard 1900

When Grand Boulevard was first staked out in 1895 all of the residential dreams of shady urban grandeur were somewhere in the future because the place was a big flat empty hayfield.

Shortly after this photo was taken in 1900 however, there were 300 trees planted to transform the stark allotment into a majestic neighborhood.

Had nature taken its course this part of town would be much more forested today.

But in 1977 a tornado chose this concourse for one of its quick visits to Shelby. So, many of the original trees are gone, and quite a few of the ones shading the Boulevard today are second plantings.

(Image from the collection of the Shelby Museum of History.)

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday 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.