Friday, December 4, 2009

Hobart Then and Now: Gas Station, 428 Main

The gas station at 428 Main Street, in 1962 and 2009.

428 Main 1962
428 Main 2009
(Click on images to enlarge)

The building north of the tracks — to the right of the gas station in the 1962 photo — has been demolished and replaced by the City Hall. In 1962 a gallon of gas cost $0.31.

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I am researching a murder case in Ainsworth, probably the only murder in Ainsworth's entire history. (The shooting at the Chester home doesn't count — that was self-defense.) I also want to start assembling historic images of railroad depots on the Grand Trunk Railroad between Fort Gratiot, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois. So much I want to do, so little time!


GP said...

That building you mention on the right was the Nickle Plate Garage. I remember when I was about 7yo, going by it on my way to the Art theater.

Ainsworthiana said...

Thanks for the ID! I'd heard of the Nickel Plate Garage, but didn't know where it was.