I was born in 1947 at City Hospital.
This is what I remember.
Produce venders operating off wooden carts at the old City Market. Matty Gutherie's lunch counter inside. Best hamburgers, french fries, and baked beans.
The Big Four train station and passenger trains pulled by steam engines. Taxies waiting. Luggage wagons.
The roundhouse near the Pennsylvania RR station on Fountain. My great Uncle and I would watch the trains come in. He was the best great uncle anyone could have.
The Edward Wren Dept. Store. John Wren (Ed's brother) was my great grandfather.
The Edward Wren residence on N. Limestone.
The John Wren residence on Fountain Ave. next to my grandmother's house on Euclid.
The 5&10's...Kressge's, Woolworth's.
Majestic, State, and Regent theaters. Wasn't there a stream running under the Regent?
My Grandma would take me to the movies. Remember seeing the release of the Doris Day/James Stewart movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much"....Que Sera Sera song.
Ker Deen Inn (John Foos residence) where we celebrated my grandmother's 80th birthday.(She lived to 100.)
The old Arcade. The Peanut Shop.
Shawnee and Bancroft Hotels.(Got a haircut at the Shawnee once - thought I was big stuff.)
Beautiful St. Raphael's Church where I was baptized.
Old St. Joseph's on the east side (Kenston St.).
Arch entrance to Snyder Park - awesome!
The Snyder Park lakes.
Buck Creek. I remember when the bridge collaped on N. Limestone in 1957.
Springfield South High School home of the Wildcats.
There was an ice cream/malt shop across the street.
Crowell/Collier Publishing Company.
Mercy Hospital. Mercycrest nursing home - ugh!- sad memories there.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Wescott Home on East High.
(That part of Springfield was always pretty with large trees and old mansions.)
Frisch's Big Boy (Rt. 40 east)...best fish sandwiches and tartar sauce.
Now I have tears in my eyes. Old men get tears in their eyes when they remember too much.