The Way We Were: Walton Way and 15th Street in downtown Augusta

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It is the mid-1970s and Augustans are just getting used to the expansion of the Walton Way-15th Street interchange.

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The modern Sears store (described as “massive” in a 1968 Chronicle editorial) sits near the canal and what was once the site of Jennings Stadium, the old baseball park.

The modern Sears store (described as “massive” in a 1968 Chronicle editorial) sits near the canal and what was once the site of Jennings Stadium, the old baseball park.

That Sears building and its former automotive center are now buildings used by Georgia Regents University. The store left for Augusta Mall in the 1990s.

MEMORIES RECALLED: “An official at Sears Roebuck and Co., said the store on Walton Way is ‘completely packed with those buying and returning.’ ” (Augusta Chronicle, Christmas 1975)

DO YOU REMEMBER? What do you recall about 15th Street near Walton Way? How has it changed? Send an e-mail to bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.

From last week

Last week, we showed an aerial photo of Julian Smith Casino on Lake Olmstead in the 1970s. Here are some memories inspired by that image:

GOOD TIMES

My memories of Julian Smith Casino are happy ones.

In 1943 we went to Julian Smith every Friday or Saturday night to dance. We danced to a live band of Jack Hilliard and Lester Palmer.

I danced with my boyfriend, Louie Gantt. He left to go to the Navy during World War II. When he returned we were married and we have been married 68 years. We will always remember those dancing nights at Julian Smith Casino.

– Joyce Owens Gantt

GUESS WHO MET HER HUSBAND?

It’s where I met Randy Tucker – at a county Christmas party on Dec. 9, 1989. We’ve been married for 23 years now. It holds special memories for me.

- Pam Tucker, director,
Columbia County Emergency & Operations Division

ONCE A GOLF COURSE

The Augusta Country Club had two golf courses, the second flowed downhill to the upper part of Lake Olmstead. Just after WWII, it was sold and Country Club Hills was developed.

Carl Sanders, when he lived in Augusta and before he became governor, had a residence there.

Bill Baab


GOT A RING

I was married there on May 12, 2012. I have received a lot of compliments on my ceremony and reception there. Beautiful and historic.

– Misty Marie McConnell

GOT A BIRD

I went to an exotic bird show there and ended up with a cockatiel. Had no intentions of buying a bird. (LOL) That was about 15 years ago and still have him.

He whistles the Andy Griffith theme song and asks if you want a kiss as well as calls the dog and the cat. He has been a good pet.

– Ann Jackson Simmons

GOT A DOG PRIZE

Went to the Augusta Kennel Club’s dog show there in 1967. Our Rottweiler CH. Shar von Roehr of Denmark, won $2. We had a nephew and two nieces with us, had to chip in another $1 so each child got (a dollar).

– Sharleen Anderson

GOT A SPOUSE

I was married there!

Tonya Faircloth

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jrbfromga
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jrbfromga 07/14/14 - 06:20 am
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I remember the shops along Walton Way
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There was a barber shop that had a sign "We need your head in our business". Never will forget that.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/14/14 - 03:30 pm
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I remember when I was young

I remember when I was young (this was in the mid-1960's), my mother always wanted to go shopping at the big Sears on 15th street! Since we were so young, she couldn't leave us home by ourselves, so she'd easily bribe us with going to the new McDonald's across the street! We loved it!
While my mother shopped, we were old enough to go safely exploring around the store....the toy department (of course), the garden shop downstairs, the furniture department upstairs, women's and men's clothing on the middle floor, and down the escalator was the appliances and hardware! That kept us busy! I remember my first suits were bought at Sears...a dark blue "leisure suit" and a tan/checkered "leisure suit"!! I was stylin'!!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/15/14 - 07:39 am
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soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/15/14 - 07:40 am
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The great exodus from Broad St. Remember when. The great
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exodus from downtown Augusta followed.

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 07/15/14 - 09:28 am
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I remember buying the candy

I remember buying the candy "fruit slices" at the candy counter. Every time I see that candy, I think about the old Sears building.

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pitroad07 07/16/14 - 08:25 am
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15th and Walton Way

I remember the Fire House that sat on the corner and the Firemen sold Tootsie Roll Pops for 2 cents apiece. Does anyone know what happened to the fountain that sat in the median? Also I broke my leg on a motor scooter there in 1961.

grinder48
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grinder48 07/17/14 - 10:37 am
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Georgia Moon
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Anyone remember the "Georgia Moon" that was close to that intersection (WW & 15th)?

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