Hammond in the 1950s....
Hammond, Indiana reached its peak of
economic development and activity during the 1950s and as the decade of
the sixties followed, businesses began to close and fewer people were
shopping downtown Hammond.
This was a familiar sight: gridlock caused by trains moving through the heart of the city. The angle of the tracks
(running southeast to northeast) cut off both north-south and east-west streets at the same time.
We are looking south on Hohman Avenue. The tower of the Supreme Court is seen on the horizon
at the top left along with the water tower on the roof of Goldblatts.
Shoppers in Downtown Hammond during the 50s, wait patiently for their bus in front of Spiegel's on Hohman Avenue.
Signs of the times... Hammond
buses show up on their appointed rounds.
Coming toward the camera is a 1950 Ford and the last car (middle right)
near the Parthenon Theatre is a fastback 1951 Chevrolet.
Looking South on Hohman from State Street.
Now famous photograph of Goldblatts Department Store, looking south on Hohman at Sibley.
Traffic slows in downtown Hammond but the buses continue to run.
Cars heading northbound on Hohman and State pause for the traffic light.
You can compare this photo with the one below to see how the storefronts have changed.
Penny's has moved to the east side of Hohman at Sibley. "Cast a Giant Shadow" is playing at the Parthenon. It is 1966.
Typical wintry day in downtown Hammond. Businesses confront
the snow and ice to maintain business activity as usual.
Moving into the 1960's, stores
began to jockey for better locations. JC Penney moved across the street. York
replaced Spiegel's and Grants... , respectively, signs that retail companies were beginning to struggle with success. Buses in the
60s were newer (compare the photos above) and another vanishing sign of the times, the Dixie milk truck, is seen heading
north of Hohman Avenue, a sight you will not see again in downtown Hammond, Indiana.
Hohman Avenue begins its demise. The Parthenon is
closed but people are encouraged now on the marquee to "Shop Downtown."
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