#125 Downtown Traffic, early 1950s

North Main Street -- Early 1950s

Three years after the opening of Broadway Shopping Center, the City commissioned a series of Main Street photos to show the daily gridlock on downtown streets. At the time, Main Street also doubled as sections of State Highways 21 and 24. The City actively lobbied State officials to build a freeway bypass to ease congestion. The new freeway opened in 1960, bringing traffic relief.