The Way We Were: 1950s downtown

Look real close and you can see the late 1950s.

This undated aerial photo from The Chronicle’s archives looks west over downtown Augusta and shows a city on the verge of change.

Gordon Highway is under construction in the foreground, cutting a wide swath through the 400 blocks of what was then Augusta’s Pinch Gut neighborhood. Union Station is still open for train travelers where the downtown post office now stands. Perhaps the easiest building to spot is the gleaming white, brand-new Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, which must be near completion.

If you look closely behind it, you can make out the 140-year-old county courthouse,
which appears to be in the early stages of demolition and on its way to becoming a parking lot.

MEMORIES RECALLED: The late Linda Beazley, the longtime county voting director, said when she began her career in that old courthouse, it was dark and gloomy with chipping paint and peeling wallpaper, and roof leaks everywhere.

 

DO YOU REMEMBER? What do you recall about the old county courthouse? The former train station? The opening of Gordon Highway? Send an e-mail to bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.

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