Time Travel: Going Back 70 Years for Construction of a City Landmark and a 1960s Fairmont Restaurant

By Dick Duez on February 17, 2019 from History Blog via Connect-Bridgeport.com

Does this look somewhat familiar? It should. It's a photo of the construction of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church that was dedicated in October of 1953, which likely puts this photo around 1950, give or take a year or two. The church has served the community for decades and was built through the philanthropy of Bridgeport's Michael Benedum.
Here's one a little bit trickier. This is the Marion County version of the Parkette that is no longer there - along with the telephone booth. The location is not certain. Anyone with information regarding this business is asked to place in the comment section below.
 
Editor's Note: This ongoing photo feature of pictures from Bridgeport and throughout the Mountain State is part of local historian Richard 
"Dick" Duez's collection. Duez, the unofficial historian of Bridgeport, would appreciate any scanned photos emailed to him for use here or to include in his ongoing efforts to preserve local history. You can email photos, or let him know how to acquire copies of photos you may have in your possession, to Duez at dick.do@frontier.com.


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