The picture below is of one of the two seating areas on the widened sidewalk in front of the Emporium.
Thanks to Scott Williams and Donald Jenkins of City Engineering for helping me understand the following two pictures. The first is of the reconstruction of Gay Street around 1917 and shows the first columns to support the new sidewalk being constructed on the west side in front of the former VMC building on Gay Street.
The picture below is of the intersection of Jackson and Gay Street probably in the late 1890's. It is interesting to note that this was before the Emporium was built. The lower right corner of the photo shows the depression in which the Emporium Building was finally constructed. Note the wooden fence along Jackson to keep folks from falling in the steep depression.
Also it is interesting to note the two railroad buildings that no longer exist just below Jackson Avenue.
Topics of discussion will include the Block Party, 100 Block Association, and any construction issues.
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