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Downtown Lexington, 1938

Posted on April 18, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Main Street, downtown Lexington, circa summer 1938. Rails run down the street, but around this time streetcar service was discontinued in Lexington. Like most American cities, as roads were improved and more people bought automobiles, trolley tracks were pulled up or paved over. Motor buses took over the steadily declining demand for public transportation. In the lower left corner of the picture you can see two women and a child waiting for the bus that coming towards them. Along the left side is what is now Cheepside Park. Further down is Lexington's first skyscraper, the First National Building. Built in 1913, it is now a 21c Museum Hotel. The buildings on the right include a Woolworth five-and-dime store and clothing store B.B. Smith & Co., whose sign said it was "Correct Appareral for Women & Misses". This is now the site of the Lexington Financial Center, or more commonly known as the "Big Blue Building". Herald-Leader archive photo

Main Street, downtown Lexington, circa summer 1938. Rails run down the street, but about that time, streetcar service was discontinued in Lexington. As in most American cities, as roads were improved and more people bought automobiles, trolley tracks were pulled up or paved over. Motor buses took over the steadily declining demand for public transportation. In the lower left corner, you can see two women and a child waiting for the bus that’s coming toward them. Along the left side is what is now Cheapside Park. Farther down is Lexington’s first skyscraper, the First National Building. Built in 1913, it is now a 21c Museum Hotel. The buildings on the right include a Woolworth five-and-dime store, and clothing store B.B. Smith & Co., whose sign said it was “correct apparel for women & misses.” It’s now the site of the Lexington Financial Center, more commonly known as the “Big Blue Building.” Click on the picture for a closer look. Lafayette Studios Collection/UK Special Collections

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