Downtown Altoona PA Photos
Downtown Altoona sure isn't what it used to be. Seems like most generations
before mine have said the same thing, but it really rings true.
Back in Altoona's heyday, downtown was humming. Stores, movie theaters, restaurants...it was the place to be. I'm a big history buff and love looking at old photos and reading about our hometown's history. Wish I could have been around back then to experience it for myself!
As a young child, I remember going to Gable's Department Store. In my teen years, I spent many hours rummaging through the bargain record bins at the 5-and-10 stores (McCrory's, Woolworth's). Always loved those lunch counters, soda fountains and basements! And who can forget cruising downtown 'til the cops kicked you out? My first job was stockboy at Meyer Jonasson and I later worked at WRTA Radio. All of those are now gone from downtown, but will live forever in my memories.
Enough of waxing nostalgic. Here are some pictures I've taken recently in Downtown Altoona. You can click on any of the photos to see a larger version. Enjoy!