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A view of the "Government Apartments," housing for returning servicemen, looking from West Second Avenue near South Trenton Street, circa 1947. These apartments were located on the later site of Todd Field, now the location of the YMCA soccer field. The vehicles in the foreground are on a long concrete pad that was used in driver's license tests.
The photograph appeared in the 25th anniversary edition of Textiles Review, the news publication of Textiles Incorporated and Threads Incorporated, January 1, 1971, page 5.
WHAT WAS CAN BE AGAIN !
One of our primary goals at VintageGastonia.com is to refute the misconception regarding the older parts of the city that they were always dilapidated and dangerous . Native Gastonians who remember the years before 1970 are often shocked at the views newer residents have toward places that were, in our minds, only recently filled with life and vitality. The wastelands of old West Gastonia (now referred to as the western edge of Downtown) are slowly being stirred from their restless and troubling slumber by the energy and promise of the advancing Loray / Firestone Mill project.
Gastonia's original Holiday Inn was constructed on former Trenton Mill Village property in 1962 amid much fanfare. For a time, it represented the highest development of the hospitality industry and was state-of-the-art for the company.
Within a short time after the motel's construction, the bulk of the remaining Trenton Village property was sold to the Sears Roebuck Company for the construction of a class "A" store. Ample parking was provided in front of the store on Franklin Avenue with an additional two blocks of well-lighted space at the rear entrance across Main Avenue bounded by Trenton Street, Hill Street, and the Southern Railway tracks.
These anchor institutions and the surrounding churches, homes, stores, and the sparkling new YMCA teemed with life. It was a good place.
Sometimes the past presents a picture of what the future can be.
Our mission is to be interpretive and educational as well as visual and entertaining.
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(Credits: The Holiday Inn Postcard was produced by Curt Teich & Co., Chicago, c.1960; the newspaper clipping is from the "Weekender" supplement to the Gastonia Gazette, October 31, 1965.)
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