Saturday, July 07, 2012
I have never been to the southern part of the US (I'm not counting a few months in Georgia when I was a baby), but I sure would love to explore it someday.
Take a look at today's photos, featuring Magnolia, Arkansas (only about 20 miles north of the Louisiana border), from sometime in the mid-1950's. A trio of army nurses passed through Magnolia, and stopped to snap a few photos - the man in the photo below is (I think) from the local gas station.
Magnolia looks like it was a nice little town! It was founded in 1853 and started out primarily as a farming community. Later on oil, natural gas, and other industries became important to the economy.
Using Google's Street View, I found a pretty close match to the picture above... there's the McAllister Building, looking very much the same as it did 60 years ago. The rest of Jackson Street has lost a bit of its vintage charm, but then again, so have most places.
There's all 3 of our gals, aren't they cute? Today, Magnolia is home to the world's largest charcoal grill, as well as (appropriately) the "World Champion Steak Cookoff".
I hope you've enjoyed your visit to Magnolia!