Time Travel: Bridgeport Workers at a 1930s' City Auto Dealership and Keyser's Massive Railroad Yard

By Dick Duez on June 09, 2024 from History Blog via

Do you know who these to gentlemen from Bridgeport are? Here's a clue before we give you the answer. This photo is from 1932 and both men worked Fay Higinbotham's Chevrolet Dealership. Eventually, the location would become the Handy Shop and today is the Sprint Print Shop across from the Benedum Civic Center. If you don't know, it's Glen Hanna and Forrest Underwood.
As you've seen in several photos in the past, particularly from Grafton, the rail industry was huge at one time in West Virginia. Although it still has a presence, it's nothing like it was decades ago in this picture from Keyser showing that city's railroad yards.
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, 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

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