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But, where are the awnings?

It's Main Street Bluffton in 1966

Let’s turn back Bluffton’s clock to May 10, 1966. The storefront awnings were on their way, but not there yet.

Dick Boehr, taking photos of Main Street businesses, stands directly on the corner of his block at Main and Vine. He aims his camera at four businesses on North Main Street.

The first is Steiner and Huser (men's clothing). The second is Balmer's (ladies and children's clothing). Imagine that. You could purchase every stitch of clothing you need in Bluffton.

What are the next two businesses? One is a small storefront and, no, we can't identify it in this 1966 photo. Earlier it was Mumma Electric, offering spare parts to fix your AM floor mounted radio. Today it is the CCR, Realtors office of Lisa Wenger.

The next – today Ellerbrock Spine and Soft Tissue – earlier it was the Edelweiss Restaurant. In 1966 it was a teen center for the high school kids on certain nights and open to the college crowd on other nights. It may have been operated by the Bluffton Inter-Church Board.

Yes, that's a 1963 Cadillac, in front of a1961 Mercury Comet.



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