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Redevelopment Project I, Downtown Columbus Indiana (1960's)

Pictures Of Buildings

L. E. "Gene" Roberts Collection

Before the city of Columbus actually began work on the physical redevelopment of the downtown area, pictures were taken of the front and back of all buildings that were to be razed. The following photos were all taken within an eight block radius of downtown in the mid-1960's.

     This collection of photos was found in the basement of City Hall by Mr. Roberts. It is my understanding that, while cleaning up this area, these photos were found and were going to be tossed out. Many thanks to Mr. Roberts for having the foresight to save them, and giving me the chance to make them available on the Historic Columbus Indiana website.

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Looking north from the Courthouse. Lou La Bill's Tavern is in the center of the picture               Looking at the back of the Sunoco Station, which was on the north side of 3rd as you left Columbus. This Sunoco station can also be seen in the next row of pictures, third from left               Looking north from the Courthouse. This building was next to Lou La Bill's               The northwest corner of Jackson and Washington Streets.               Another photo of the northwest corner of Jackson & Washington, only this one shows the cafe with the hanging coffee pot. Remember it?

 Commons Block                     North of 3rd Street                Commons Block                  Commons Block                      Commons Block

   Of  3rd Street                 Before Crossing White River       Of 3rd Street              Corner of 3rd & Jackson      Corner Of 3rd & Jackson


 This is the northwest corner of 3rd & Washington.               This view of 3rd Street was all too familiar to me from 1965 through 1966 when we lived in Rosstown. The Sunoco station is on the right.               The Wagner Reddick VFW building sat on the north side of 3rd Street               Looking north from the Courthouse. These buildings were east of Lou La Bills               Everroads sat on the southeast corner of 5th & Jackson. Its a parking lot today. Many memories here. I'd hang out at Everroads waiting for Alan to get off work. Normally, any visits here would entail a trip to the back of Columbus Bar for a tenderloin sandwich!

   Commons Block                     View of 3rd Street                     Wagner Reddick                        Commons Block                      Everroads Garage

Corner of 3rd & Wash.               Leaving Columbus                 100 W. 3rd Street                         Of 3rd Street                         SE Corner of 5th 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & Jackson 


  S. Side of 3rd St.                   Commons Block                 RR Tracks View                     North Side of 3rd                        RR Tracks View

Leaving Columbus                     Of 3rd Street               North From 4th Street         Between Jackson & Brown        South From 5th Street


         Building                       Sunshine Grocery                  Commons Block                    212 3rd Street                         Standard Station

  Location Unknown                    4th Street                           Of 3rd Street                                                                             124 3rd Street

                                           Between Brown & Lindsay


3rd & Brown St                       3rd & Jackson                           Used Car Lot                          Jackson St.                         Jackson St.



Carrico Furniture                      Hamilton Harris                        Sportsmen Bar                                      Hoosier Sporting Goods

2nd & Jackson St                       Jackson Street                         335 Jackson St                            Washington Street  (Commons Block)



                              Dollar Discount Store                                  Empty Lot Commons Mall                                    Roller Rink

                                    Commons Mall                                             Washington Street                                             4th Street

                                    Washington St                                               Looking West                                      Between Brown & Lindsay



Simmen Penisten                   Lee's Tire Service                      Lutz Auto Sales                       S Side 5th Street                                Poultry

    Delivery Van                                                                                                                                      Everroad Garage                       Fivecoat & Denny



  Bob's TV Shop                    Wayne's Auto Electric                  100 5th St.                         326 Jackson St                          111-113 2nd St



              John Deere                           Lou La Bill's Tavern                 Renewal Project                            Spurline

                                                                                                                    Newspaper Clip


The following photo is not part of the redevelopment project, but I thought I'd include it here. I'll be putting together another page of Columbus pics soon, and will move it at that time...



    Downtown shot of west side of Washington

                     Between 4th & 5th Street

                         Cummins Bookstore

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