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Then & Now: Mansfield YMCA 1937

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Mansfield YMCA 1947

If you went to the Y in 1937 you’d be heading downtown, because the YMCA was located on the south side of Park Avenue West between Walnut and Mulberry, just east of First Lutheran Church.

The YM/YW on Park Avenue West at Bartley Avenue appears different above than it does today because this postcard view was made before a huge w…

There were dances for teenagers every Monday night, and the gymnasium had all the latest equipment, even though it was built in 1898.

The building had to be abandoned in 1954 when a gas line exploded, so a new Y was built farther out Park Avenue West at Bartley Avenue…a modern facility including, for the first time, both the YMCA and the YWCA.

Both of these facilities on Park Avenue, from 1898 to 1999 were traditional urban Y centers that included living space amenities, almost like motel rooms, where—like the song said—You could stay at the YMCA.

In 2000 the new Y was opened on Lexington Avenue where state-of-the-art resources promote a healthier lifestyle for the community.

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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.

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