London Road, Circa 1960s

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This view from sometime in the 1960s shows London Road in Duluth, looking west toward the Plaza shopping center, visible at upper right. The steeple of First Lutheran Church can be seen in the distance. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Here’s a zoomed-in view of the Plaza, with a J.C. Penney store in the space now occupied by a Super One grocery store:

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The photographer is standing in front of an out-of-frame gas station. Perhaps it’s the Lakehead Service Center at 1530 London Road, seen in this photo from about the same time:

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You can read more about the gas station here.

What do you remember about that stretch of London Road? What stores do you remember going to at the Plaza? Share your memories by posting a comment.

2 Responses

  1. I don’t think the foto of the plaza could be from that Pure gas station – too far away, and there would be buildings in the way like the armory … and trees.

  2. Bob Woodbury

    The Pure station in the photo also had a car wash. After our long trip from Maine, we needed gas and a car wash, so we pulled in. I was about to tell the attendant he didn’t have to wash the window because I was goping to have the car washed (this was a long time ago) when he leaned over to my open window and asked if that wasn’t a Colby College (Waterville, Maine) baseball cap I was wearing. Somewhat astonished, I replied it was. He said he was a freshman at Colby in the past year, played on the hockey team but got home sick and would be transferring back home and attend one of the local colleges. Another of those “small world” occurrences.

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