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Article 317 History Column Dave Petersen This week we are going to take a look at some more of the images from Jim Fay's collection of vintage views. If you have photographs to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, e-mail to davep@blackcreekpress.com, or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News, P.O. Box 340, Ludington, MI, 49431 Pic 1 Take a look at this mammoth building at the foot of south James Street. This is where C.A. Rahn stored the ice so carefully preserved from the winter of cutting out on Pere Marquette Lake. The address was 622 S. James and the Johnson and Waltman delivery truck is there to pick up a load of ice. Pic2 We've talked of the 1914 Million Dollar Harbor and Jubilee celebration before, this is a nice view of the parade that took place in front of thousands of spectators. Note the wooden pier on the south side and the row of bleachers for spectators on the north. Incidentally it was a 1.5 million dollar project at completion. Pic3 This view is a very rare view of the block where Best Choice market currently is, the corner is marked Robert St and judging by the buildings this picture dates back as early as 1880. Note the horse hitching posts along Ludington Avenue and no indications that the horseless carriage has made its debut. Pic4 This is the north side of Ludington Avenue from Rath Street looking east. On the corner is Nueman's where the Koikas building is located. There is little resemblence to the storefronts currently open on that side of the street, the Masonic Temple burned over 60 years ago. Snow's drug store at the far corner is remembered by most as the site of Harbor Pharmacy. Pic5 The same block from Rath street looking east only this is the south side of the street. Some great architecture that has vanished from the scene and take a look at those telephone poles and the number of glass insulators. Looking further down Stearn's Hotel is not there which places this picture pre 1904. Pic6 On a nice summers day one could take a trip over to the fairgrounds, at the site of the current Oriole field for sulky races. Further proof that the only constant is change. If you look over by the wind mill you can see a row of carnival workers with their games trying to intice locals to play. Just about every man has a hat and every woman is in her Sunday best dress for the occasion.

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