Thursday, April 24, 2008

Main Street, early 1900s revisited

Betty Ann Newby, in her regular column in the Longmont Times-Call on April 20, 2008, included some great information about a picture which was posted in here last November.

A few items she mentions:
  • The picture is from "circa 1906", not 1909
  • If you look closely, you can see an automobile across the street (above the horse's head). See below for a zoomed-in but grainier picture of the car. If you can identify the make and model, she might be interested in hearing from you. Don't forget that you can click on the picture to see an enlarged version, which I think offers a better view than the one printed in the newspaper.
  • Near where the car is parked, there is F. F. Witting's Pharmacy at 357 Main, which also housed a jewelry and watch repair store. This building still stands today and is a multi-tennant office building.
  • Hitching posts, as seen in the picture, were considered problematic because they were traffic hazzards. An editorial in 1908 called them for them to be removed from Main Street.
  • Although there is only one car in this picture, Longmont had 60 registered automobiles by 1908.

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