EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published on Richland Source in 2013.

MANSFIELD -- For many generations, from the founding of Mansfield, the view out Park Avenue West was entirely residential, with tree-lined sidewalks, stately old homes and no hint of a business or commercial presence. 

The first of the dominoes to fall was the Purdy home in the 1920s when it was replaced by a Sinclair filling station.  After that, the character of the street made a turn away from private residence that was decidedly in the interest of private enterprise.

Park Avenue Sinclair 1937 and now

Park Avenue Sinclair 1937

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