South Main @ the Square

In 1957 when a photographer captured this business block on South Main Street at the Square, the sequence of six buildings was occupied by nine different businesses.

Then & Now: South Main @ the Square 1957

At the same site today nearly all of these same buildings have been incorporated together into one single business: Mechanics Bank; yet this feat of consolidation has been accomplished so exquisitely that the block still retains the diverse sense of random variability that was the charm of this view 60 years ago.

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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.