Jackson Mi Memories
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#1 Dec 7, 2008
Memories of Jackson:
The Freedom Train arrival at the RR Train Depot.
Horse racing, harness, at the Fairgrounds.
Wind coming off East end of Michigan Avenue.
Fields Dept Store at junction of Michigan and ???
The HUGE FIRE at Oppenhiemers, the Lumber yard fire that burned for week.
Hayes Hotel at the top of the hill.
Frozen Malts at the East end of Michigan Ave.
Capitol Theatre, downtown, and Mechanic street theatre off downtown, Saturday movies.
The bar streets off the East end of Michigan, at the RR intersections.
Jackson Jr College, with the polished beautiful wooden staircases leading up to class rooms.
Jackson High School, imposing, massive and tree lined streets.
Be stopped for speeding with a Hawaiian drivers license, Missisippi tags and a late registration by Jackson Police.
First street, with the original houses built in the 30s. Second street, Union ave, Jackson ave, Greenwood ave and all the other tree lined streets.
St Pauls cathedral, imposing, religious and full of bricks.
The cold winters that drove me off to the South and points west. Jackson has without doubt, the coldest, windiest streets in the whole northern tier of states.
#2 Jan 31, 2009
Oh my yes it was wicked cold in Jackson. I remember walking to St. Mary's downtown and feeling like my face would freeze off. We lived on Harwood St. and it was a true hike for a young kid but all the other kids did it so we just sucked it up I guess.
#3 Jun 21, 2009
Jackson Southwest Little League.
Bloomfield School & Later Bloomfield Park.
Walking to Hunt Jr. High in the snow across the RR Tracks near the old Kelsey Hayes Plant.
Ice Skating on the pond at Cascades.
Sledding down the hill at Cascades.
Watching the Cascades in summer after the July 4th Fireworks.
Root Beer floats after Little League games at the Root Beer Stand near W. High Street and S. West Avenue.
The vacant property where Westwood Mall now site.
It's "Paka Plaza" not Jackson Crossing.
Walking down Woodbine Blvd to Kindergarten at Harrington Primary School.
Walking down Durand Street to Cascades Elementary School.
Parkside High School.
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Plant on Chapin Street and Forbes Street.
Bowling at Airport Lanes.
Andy's Pizza on Wildwood Ave.
Fishing on Michigan Center Lake, Plesant Lake and so many others.
Going to MIS to watch time trials for NASCAR Races with the Cub Scouts and Webelos.
Reynolds Field not Jackson County Airport.
Buying .05 candy at Brown's Drug Store on Michigan Ave at S. Bowen Street.
Woodring's Union 76 Gas Station on Michigan Avenue at Durand Street.
Arbor Grove Congregational Church on McCain Rd at Woodbine Blvd.
"Monkey-Wards" at Westwood Mall and the "Monkey_Wards" Auto Center.
School Field Trips to Ella Sharp Park Museam and the Hurst Planetarium.
I could go on and on...
#4 Jun 28, 2009
Field's was at corner of Jackson St and Michigan. My mom always enjoyed the Rose Room restaurant there.
I enjoyed Ritzee hamburgers (and malts) on Michigan,
Watching b movies at the Michigan Theatre,
Field trip to Way Baking,
A&W Rootbeer stand,
Sledding at the Cascades,
Watching fireworks and getting wet at Cascades,
Waiting for the bus and wondering if I would freeze before it got there,
Playing with friends until streetlights came on,
Ice cream at the Parlor on a hot summer day,
Going to the mall and spending money at Aladdin's castle,
Going to Flat Iron drug store with my Grandma (always got some penny candies),
Ice skating at Nixon Park,
Roller skating in Hillsdale (OOps not Jackson),
Riding bikes with buddies through the cemetery
Watching movies at the Bel-Air and saw ET at the Jackson right before they closed-,
Ella Sharp Park and museum,
Michigan Space Center,
Eating golumkis and ponczkis
Westwood Cinema 1&2 or Plaza 1, 2 & 3
Seeing Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) pull up at the Westwood Mall in his white cadillac. Sure wish I still had that autographed picture...
It's a real shame, when I go back now it is a different place. Nothing is the same, most all the factories and businesses are gone/torn down. Went to Westwood Mall last month, floors are cracked and no fountain anymore, Wal-Mart has about half the mall tied up. What did they need a WalMart for, already had two Meijer's? Guess the piss poor management of Jackson during the 80's/90's has caught up with them. Memories last a lifetime though. Thanks Jackson.
#5 Jul 11, 2009
Jason if I may quote what you said here ok?"Guess the piss poor management of Jackson during the 80's/90's has caught up with them"
them?????? Ok so I can blame "them" glad to see your highly educated so I can't wait for your response? In fact please DON'T.
I'd like to explain please how local "city management is responsible for a global economic slow down resulting in local folks surfing at the loss of jobs homes family or even a day were you don't have to stressed out to the max.
Please don't give "us a black eye" we have been to hell and back several times.
Please be sensitive to your choice of words.
#6 Jul 11, 2009
Snow drifts up to the 2nd story windows.
Crunchy snow in the mornings.
Humidity so bad the sweat ran off you.
Trick or treating in our winter coats.
The JayCees haunted houses every year.
The midnight movies at the Westwood Mall.
Working security at the Jackson Harness Raceway.
Every Saturday night at Jackson Motor Speedway.
Catching the bus in front of Fields Department store with the snow coming down.
Walking the old Paca Plaza from Krogers to Sears.
Picking up a pizza on the way home from VETTES Pizza.
Getting a cup of hot soup from Dunkin Donuts at 2 am in the moning.
Jackson has left me with a lot of memories for the last 28 years living in colorado.God Imiss you guys........
Since: Jul 09
#7 Jul 13, 2009
The coney dog place in Paka Plaza!!
#8 Dec 3, 2009
the Dome! skating at the rollertoriam, parkside high school, wow it's been a long time since I've been there I was born at foote west haha
#9 Dec 6, 2009
Hey anon you from Jackson mi too. I just miss Laudn Jackson ice Cream, Coney Island, and the good ole bars on Mich. Aven. Denton's Den, Bumpers, and the rest. I haven't been there in a year or so.
#10 Dec 6, 2009
Exjacksonian I was born at West Foote also. I used to skate at the rollertoriam too. I wished they had a big ice skating arena here in Tennessee where I live. My father went to Parkside when he was a kid. Cascades and Ellasharpe park was awesome also. Especially when we had alot of snow or during the summer at the small lake in Cascades paddle boat riding. Paka Plaza was a great place to shop too.
#11 Dec 19, 2009
I remember for five years, walking a paper route,105 customers.
Playing baseball every day at a field on Hamilton st, Sparks Witington property.
the 1052 Bar ,Philbrich & Davis Market, & Mrs. Kames Rest. on Cooper st.
The prison farms along Cooper St. where St.John's school is now.
Climbing that old prison wall, fun indeed.
Walking to Jackson High over 3 miles every day, not missing a day in 3 years.
No snow days back in the 40's.
Hamburgers at Pat's on Cooper st.
Hunting the prison property, with permit, where all deer,birds,& rabbits hid.
#12 Dec 29, 2009
Hey, how about the Yes Club!
That was a blast in the 80's
#13 Jan 2, 2010
Forner Lakeside Dairy - Open sides in the summer and we could walk right in the dairy and they might or might not give us a small chocolate milk
Getting cardboard signs for my bike advertising the Fair.
St. John's St. Mary's football game on Sun. Afternoon.
Hoppys record review
Getting a small bag of popcorn at the Root Beer Stand
drug store malts at dixon's or johnsons drug stores at elm and mich.
Playing pool at Tubb's
eating at the M7M when it was on Mich. Ave
If you are over 60 you remember most of the above
#14 Jan 5, 2010
I went to school at Sharp Park Ele. Hunt and Parkside.
My first job was at the root beer stand.
Does anyone remember the Chinse Rest. atop of Woolworths, maybe it was above the store on the corner. Loved to eat there.
I left in 1980 and came home in 2001. Cryed the whole time I was there. It was weard to know where you were and yet not. I found a few places just by letting my mind drift. then turring with out knowing where I was then...there it was something that had ment a lot to me. I miss you all
#15 Jan 17, 2010
Nothing can take away memories of growing up in Jackson! Miss lots... not so much of the snow part though.(Live in AZ now) Coney Island hot dogs, walking to Paka Plaza in the snow to shop, when they built the new movie theater too, St. John's Church, mom worked at Jacobson's downtown, riding the city bus all over, Cascades, Louden Jackson for ice cream, Debus' Drugstore on Lansing Ave (soda fountain) the fair, Bill Knapp's, Jackson High, Highland Mkt., Potter's Pub, Jackson Bake-a-teria, sledding and getting up early to shovel walks for extra $, Big Boy, Dawn Donuts, Shopper's Fair, Burger Chef, my Poppey's shoe repair shop, Blackman Elementary School, sleeping in the tent in the backyard with friends, Michigan Theater downtown, Westwood Mall, Rootbeer Stands, The Dome, Robert Hall Store, Dragonetti's Restuarant YUM (my gr-uncle), Blackstone Park in our neighborhood, Kroger's (sis w/them started over 30 yrs. ago in Paka Plaza store) Mercy Hospital (born there)my Godmother stays there now- for the elderly,coldest winters & wind ever to walk in, when you're young it's not that bad. More memories...so many... Jackson will always have a special place in my heart! Sort of sad to see it now though, was just there in May'09 and go back abt every yr or so. To share more- e-m me:
#16 May 1, 2010
Coney Islands from Paka Plaza, which will never in my mind be The Crossing. They catered our wedding too. Santa at Fields, Shlenkers cheeseburgs,husband would bring them when I had babies at Foote,special treat, Sub sandwich from west point Baketeria,Loud and Jacksons, County Fair (the best),The Beachbar, Arbor Grove church, Roxy's for pancakes....Dad working at Good-year, me working at Arbor Gardens...The hardware store downtown, wood floors, can't remember name. Cascades,Ella Sharpe Park...The Toy House...DuPuis E fies Jewlers, sorry about the spelling..16 yrs. in Indiana....lots of memories
#18 May 26, 2010
Dont forget the taffy wagon at the park on W mich,
#19 May 26, 2010
Dont forget the taffy wagon ,at the park on W Mich Ave.
#20 Jul 12, 2010
to the person that said burger chef damn those burgers were good when i was little. i member going to the cemetary and going to the pickle barrel. and walking all over that city. Used to love looking at the clothes in Jacobsons, wishing i had money to buy, now i can buy whatever i want ..lol
#21 Jul 13, 2010
Where was Tubbs located?
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