You Remembered: Walton Way/15th Street in 1975

Editor’s note: Last week we asked you to identify an Augusta intersection from a 1975 aerial view. Almost everyone correctly identified Walton Way at 15th Street. Here are a few of your comments.



That would be Sears in the bottom right of the photo and Woodlawn Baptist with the steeple on the left side of Walton Way going west.

Hartley’s Uniforms would be a block or so down from Woodlawn, same side. There was an upscale motel/restaurant on 15th, right side of the road before you got to MCG on the left, (MCG not shown.) First Federal used to be on the southeast corner of that intersection, I believe. I can’t make out Sizzlin’ Steak House on Walton Way.

– Pat Larmon



It took me a minute since I had forgotten how barren this intersection was, but I recognized the Thunderbird Inn and knew it was Walton Way and 15th Street. Then it was easy to spot a corner of the Sears building, Western Sizzler (before the name was changed to Sizzlin’) and the Blue Goose.

– Ace Brown



I remember it well. I was pregnant with my fifth son and my husband, Dudley, was driving me to University Hospital on July 23, 1975. Walton Way at 15th Street was under construction. The traffic was tight and the temperature was steamy. I arrived at the hospital just in time to deliver our precious baby boy.

– Soleta Baird



On the southwest corner is a Chevron service station. At one time when I was a kid, it was a Standard Oil. The building in the right lower corner looks like the old Sears building. Going west above the service station was the old A&P building. It later housed a drug store. The church on Wal­­ton Way was the Woodlawn Baptist Church. Part of the church faced Walton Way, the other part was on Woodlawn Ave­nue.

Going south on 15th, some of these buildings are still there. Also the building at the left top might be the VA’s Blue Goose.

– Red Hewett, Belvedere



I was in nursing school at the Medical College of Georgia. I remember all the construction and how it was somewhat difficult getting around town.

– Antonia Autry



Is that Woodlawn Baptist Church? My wife went there.

– Daniel L. Morris



You mentioned the huge computer for the city. I was a key punch operator at the downtown Procter & Gamble office in the late 1960s to early ’70s. Try explaining that job to anyone today!

– Janet Boshears



I had graduated from MCG Nursing School in 1973 and was working at the VA (Forest Hills) by then. My four years at MCG include many memories of walking to Sears for anything you would go to Wal-Mart for nowadays.

Western Sizzlin, the popular restaurant that my boyfriend and I enjoyed a few times, went out of business, but it was sure good food. My boyfriend in 1970 has been my husband now for 44 years.

I visited the Woodlawn Baptist Church (you can see the steeple), which is located not far from our current home on Columbia Road. It was cooler if you could get a friend to drive you to National Hills Baptist out in the country near San Souci Apartments where a couple of “rich” girls lived. Back then, dorms were usually the cheaper way to go.

– Priscilla Bence, Martinez



That’s the old Sears building that sits across from the bank. And right where Wells Fargo bank sits used to be a restaurant, which now is where McDonald’s sits.

At the intersection is where CVS Phar­macy sits … and across the street a Rite Aid.

Then the bank across from where the bank sits it used to be a ROMEOS ITALIAN RESTAURANT, back down from that a western sizzlin’… ohh and the last thing the VA MEDICAL center on the left on 15th st … (where the trees are) up from where the Wells Fargo bank at now. I was 4 in 1975 … I was born and raised in Augusta and that’s how I knew this area.

– Herman Brown



The restaurant that disappeared was the Western Sizzlin’ steak house, owned by Nick and Nora Pascerella. It started out originally across the street. They were renting the space. When the rent went up, they moved across the street and built the new place.

The church that disappeared was Wood­lawn Baptist. At the time, the church had a large and vibrant congregation.

You can also see Lum’s Moongate restaurant – excellent Chinese food. The Thunder­bird Inn was just down the street. Champ Newsome had his men’s hairstyling shop there for some time.

One of our most prominent doctors office can also be seen, Dr. Greenblatt’s.

Fitz/Symms photography studio was on Walton Way. Sears was also located at the intersection. I think it would be an ideal spot for our new coliseum.

– Lowell Dorn

They Way We Were: 1970