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September 29, 2017 | 5 Comments

Flashback Friday

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Were you able to guess when this week’s Flashback Friday photo was taken?

The Southtown Famous-Barr store at Kingshighway and Chippewa opened in August 1951, two months after the Southampton streetcar line closed. Abandoned tracks are in the left foreground, together with bus 3105 on the replacement service, seen here on September 15, 1951.

A short distance from this scene is will be the Macklind Days street festival happening tomorrow from noon to 8 p.m. Macklind will be closed from Devonshire to Nottingham while the fest features live music and local food vendors. You can reach the fest via MetroBus #11, #90 or #95.

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Transportation.

Happy Friday!

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  1. Joe Mullaney says:

    Kingshighway & Chippewa probably 1953

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Correct on the location. 1951

  2. Don Bell says:

    Of course it’s the Southtown Famous & Barr at Kingshighway @ Chippewa. I’m guessing the year is early 1950’s.

    For more info here’s a link to a Post-Dispatch about the opening of the store in ’51

    http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/this-week-in-south-side-history-showed-up-for-southtown/article_6e190960-ec74-5459-9a7c-c7b123fbde74.html

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Thanks for sharing the link Don! The year was 1951

  3. steve siegerist says:

    The bus on Kingshighway is a 95 Kingshighway bus, not the replacement service. The replacement service (80 Park-Southampton) ran on Macklind Ave (parallel to Kingshighway, two long blocks west) to provide service to the neighborhood that the streetcar did not serve. Bus facing camera is an 111 Chippewa bus, which did not go downtown at the time.

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