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Posted by Jim (126.96.36.199) on February 15, 2016 at 11:29:49:
In Reply to: Re: Tracks posted by Ralph Barker on February 15, 2016 at 09:35:47:
Interestingly enough, I grew up and attended elementary school within a half-mile of the location in the photograph.
The rail line was a major part of the economy back then...Charlotte was a large railroad and trucking hub in the fifties and into the early sixties.
It was a thriving community then, with lots of small businesses and major grocery stores, dime stores, independent hardware stores, and even a big department store or two.
Things change. It will never be 1959 again.
'The wrong side of town."
Interesting how "through" railroads tend to do that, particularly if added after a town has already started to develop. I suppose the noise suppresses re-development, leaving old buildings and residences to slowly rot.
I can't imagine living near a rail line back in the coal-powered days.
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