Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Latimer Avenue at Eighth Street, 1955

My intrepid vintage photo sleuth, Maria Notarianni, was able to borrow and scan some old photos and news clippings from Jackie Vukovcan that had been saved by Jackie's father-in-law, the late Louis Vukovcan.

This Daily Citizen clipping was marked April 5, 1955, by Louis Vukovcan, but I have not been able to verify that that was the date it was published by the Citizen.

Latimer Avenue at Eighth Street
April 5, 1955
Daily Citizen clipping

Original caption:
LATIMER AVENUE is now a one-way thoroughfare. Borough officials decided yesterday to make the move effective on alleviating traffic conditions. Autoists cannot enter Latimer from Eighth St. Shown in the photo are Burgess Walter Panek and Patrolman Harry Knafelc at the intersection of Eighth to see that proper observance is carried out.

In the background is Twins Trailer Sales, later Twin Trailer Sales, which was located at that intersection during the 1950s, a prime location since Ohio River Boulevard, then part of Pennsylvania Route 88, ended at Eighth Street at that time. After the boulevard was extended to Baden in the early '60s, the business relocated further north to the Harmony Township* section of the extension, now part of Route 65. Twin Trailer's former Ambridge location is now the parking lot for John Syka Funeral Home.

Latimer Avenue's name was changed to Kennedy Drive on December 6, 1963, shortly after President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Kennedy's October 12, 1962, route from Aliquippa to Pittsburgh was via that street.

The street is still one way south.

I haven't yet found the date of the opening of Twin Trailer Sales' Harmony Township location, but the August 26, 1965, Beaver County Times says that the business' new home was "expected to be ready before winter."

* The Beaver County Times seems to consistently have given the new Twin Trailer's location as Harmony Township, but ads say "Baden." If the exact municipal location is important, you might want to check.

1 comment:

  1. Even then Walter Panek was telling people what to do and where they could go.