Saturday, November 1, 2014

Uptown Tryon Street over the years

A (rather lengthy) look at Tryon Street over the last 100+ years.


 'North Tryon St. at about the 700 block (near the present site of the Hal Marshall County Services Center) was a neighborhood of Victorian homes in 1901, when this photo was taken.'
Observer File Photo
(but the photo says South Tryon.)



'Turn of the Century Charlotteans put out the flags and got ready to celebrate Meckenburg Declaration of Independence Day (May 20). This was the scene on Tryon St. 1909.'
Observer File Photo.
(there's another Meck Dec pix below - we were just nuts about that back then!)



'View on North Tryon St. About 1910?'



'Looking north on Tryon St. from Independence Square, about 1910-1915.'



'President Woodrow Wilson came in 1916 to help celebrate May 20th. He got an impressive introduction. Woodrow Wilson (in top hat, rear seat of lead car) as he rides down North Tryon St., nearing 5th St., during May 20th celebration, 1916.'
(Meck Dec)




'Parade going north on South Tryon St., between East 4th St. and East Trade St. Undated.'
Observer File Photo 




'Crowd at fireman's parade passing through intersection of South Tryon St. and East 4th St. headed north.' Undated. Observer File Photo


'Tryon street looking south from Fifth, about 1920. Building at left is City Hall.'



'Looking north on Tryon St. from County Courthouse in mid-1920's. House at lower right was home of Dr. Wilder. Johnston building (white structure at left) and Independence building (center) have not been expanded.'



'View of North Tryon St., looking south towards Square and beyond. Photo made in about 1930.'
Observer File Photo



'Looking north from South Tryon St. and 1st. St., mid-1930's.'
Photo owned by Lindsey Wiggins.



'Northeast corner of South Tryon St. and Hill St.'
Undated. 1930s?
(near The Observer building)


'Southwest corner, Tryon St. at 3rd, 1940.'
  Photo courtesy Mrs. M.B. Overcash.



'Scene at Independence Square, 1951 Looking south toward west side, first block of South Tryon  Observer File Photo



 'Christmas shopping traffic on South Tryon St., before shopping centers. About mid-1950's.'
Observer File Photo
(see Ratcliffe's Flowers at bottom right?)



'Below is the view down Tryon St. from the North at Fifth St.'
1963. Tommy Franklin/Staff. 



'Tryon St. -  mid-60s.'
Observer File Photo
(sign says Sixth Street -- is that Carolina Theater on the left?)



'Billy Graham Day in Charlotte, Oct. 15, 1971. President Richard Nixon and Rev. Billy Graham in motorcade passing in front of Charlotte Observer building at 600 S. Tryon St.'
Don Sturkey/Staff

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May 29, 1960

(It's hard to read so I've blown up the photos, below)













8 comments:

Lacey said...

WOW! A little before my time but great photo's. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful to see some pictoral history of our city! Thank you Maria David! I love old photos. My grandfather told me about coming to Charlotte about 1920.

Curmudgeon said...

Ironic to see the construction of the Goodyear store across the street from the Observer building when just last week it closed its doors forever.

Anonymous said...

Yikez. What a dinky lil dump it used to be. Terrible pics.

Only recently has it begun to look
half way decent like a real city should.

Lot of work to do if taxpayers don't keep beating it for the exits like most icy rust belt northern cities.

Don't even discuss taxes going up now with liberals in power. Double yikez. Deja vu Detroit and Chicago etc hopefully not.






Anonymous said...

Great picture of the limo shot with the two of the greatest men who ever lived in America Billy Graham and Richard Nixon.

Nixon won 49 states & 63% of the popular vote his 2nd term in 1972 vs lefty McGovern and every bit the icon Reagan was.

Nixon, who hated big government intrusion, ended the 12 yr democrat Vietnam War where 70,000 young soldiers died, got the Berlin agreement & visited both communist China and USSR as a first but was politically railroaded by extreme liberal rabid radicals over nothing.
He never over rode WE THE PEOPLE with inept hand picked Fed judges.





James Edgar said...

I find it somewhat amusing that people were griping about Charlotte tearing down all their old buildings to build new ones 50 years ago. I'm not one of those people that think just because something is 100, 200 or 500 years old, it by definition is superior to anything beng build now, just because it is 100, 200 or 500 years old. As long as history is captured by pictures or portraits so we know where we came from, there's nothing wrong with building new things.

James Edgar said...

I find it somewhat amusing that people were griping about Charlotte tearing down all their old buildings to build new ones 50 years ago. I'm not one of those people that think just because something is 100, 200 or 500 years old, it by definition is superior to anything beng build now, just because it is 100, 200 or 500 years old. As long as history is captured by pictures or portraits so we know where we came from, there's nothing wrong with building new things.

Anonymous said...

I remember my first trip down Tryon. Spring 1963, was moving to CLT from Morganton and remember gazing up the NCNB bank building thinking how tall it was. I think it might have been 12 stories. I was 7 yrs old.