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Residents past and present reflect on iconic businesses of the past

August 11, 2013

PARKERSBURG — The landscape of the city has changed many times over the years with businesses and industry coming and goin....

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RAC1977

Aug-14-13 6:01 PM

Mrscfb mentioned PHS, class of 77 here. Here in Phoenix AZ they don't know the meaning of historical. Thanks to google I can show friends what a historical buildings is. I show them PHS, County Courthouse and the Julianna District. I'm proud of the support that PHS receives, this shows in the new science wing. With voter approval the BOE spent millions to insure that the addition maintained the original architectural design elements. I commend the PHS Foundation for their work. This is a true public/private partnership.

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Phoenix

Aug-13-13 2:56 PM

Stwart Air Park- where the mall is was great. Every so often they would have airplane rides for a penny a pound.

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Phoenix

Aug-13-13 2:47 PM

The Carnegi was a frequent haunt when I was a kid. Loved the place. I too wish they would re-open Transallegheny Books there.

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Phoenix

Aug-13-13 2:45 PM

Stout's drug store had real old fashioned soda fountain. It was great! Used to go there to meet with friends on Saturdays.

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Guy007

Aug-11-13 9:33 PM

I remember every sight that was mentioned in this thought provoking article. When the Chancellor hotel was demolished ,my best friend, the late Rodney Collins,who as the state director of Historical Preservation at the time, and was instrumental in placing the Wood County Courthouse on the National Register of Historical Places,commented on the demolition of the Chancellor,that Parkersburg's infrastructure would quickly weaken. How right he was!!! But,I will remember the way it was in my beloved city of yesteryear.

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stjude

Aug-11-13 7:01 PM

I have read the comments above and one really struck me. The one who talks about the city allowing the historic neighborhoods to fall into ruin. All of the older street neighborhoods need to be renovated. I understand that the mayor of Parkersburg lived in the 17 hundred block of Latrobe in the early 1940's or so. It seems especially since Storch bakery went out of business, Latrobe St. has went downhill and now has a terrible reputation especially since they have put in the Latrobe st mission. None of the neighbors were asked their opinion about that, even though the press release said they were. And guess what? They not only have the big bar attached to it, they now have a 'specialty' bar! This is all attached to the Latrobe st mission. Then there is the 'recovery' center a few feet away from all that. This is a one stop shop for alcoholic, dealers, addicts. But the churches support it with money and food.

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IFHPED

Aug-11-13 5:14 PM

Sorry~~Cox's (not Cox'x).

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IFHPED

Aug-11-13 5:11 PM

I can easily remember some of the older buildings downtown: Carnegie, Dils, Stone & Thomas, Parker Theater, Wunder (sp) Shoe Store, etc. There used to be a beer joint on Juliana beside the Employment Office, across from the newspaper office. Cox'x Department Store had a shoe repair shop in the basement that always had a funny smell~my mom used to get my shoes re-soled there.

Too many memories to name here!

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Mrscfb

Aug-11-13 11:36 AM

Thank you for this focus. What has happened to much of historic Parkersburg is an abomination. Thank you to members of the Parkersburg historical society and some key figures interested in preservation who have basically saved this city from being an historical asterisk. Yes, change can be inspiring and we should all welcome this. However, preservation of beautifully constructed buildings should never be displaced by tract buildings and parking lots of greatly inferior design, quality and aesthetics. Another clear example of this is what this city has allowed to happen over the past 15 years to the neighborhood surrounding our beautiful historic high school (& that's not even including allowing the stadium to disintegrate). Anyone interested can go to the description of the Avery Street Historic District to see what kind of neighborhood this was: M.J. Pauley (Jul 1985). Nat. Reg. of Historic Places - Avery Street Historic Dist. Why was a slum allowed to develop here!?!

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Hilleye

Aug-11-13 10:28 AM

Vitrolite Hardware in Vienna. We recently visited the area and was saddened to see it closed.

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lra1953

Aug-11-13 10:14 AM

Couch shows he really cares with his poor excuses!

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