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It's Bluffton in 1950

But where did all those buildings go?

If there's such a thing as a "golden oldie" this photo is as close as it gets.

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You are standing on Bluffton's Main Street in 1950. You just now walked out of Montgomery's Newsstand (today's Webb Insurance office). Here's the scene:

It’s a Bluffton High School yearbook photo shoot. Actually, it’s a photo taken of a photo shoot.

The students are not identified, but the high school girl is standing in front of a 1950 Studebaker with a 99 ZB license plate. That means that whomever used that plate had it year after year after year.

Let’s focus on the building across the street. Store fronts from left include the Bill Augsburger bar, Gerald “Tuff” Swank barber shop, Sam Stepleton’s pool hall, an alley, Dillman’s Newsstand, an empty house, Howard and Emmet Stauffer’s Pure filling station and across Elm Street is the Dixie Garage.

With the exception of the Dixie Garage, now the A to Z Portion Meats, each of the buildings is no longer standing. In their place are Kira’s Flip Side Grill, Steiner and Granger Insurance and Financial Services, PromoHits!, Gregory Averesch Ameriprise Financial Services and Padrone’s Pizza.



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