THE FORGOTTEN SIDEWALK BRICKS OF ELM STREET, OIL CITY
Clark's Donuts are still in operation, but are
located in Cranberry on Route 322.
Ray L. Way Menswear is no longer in business. The
Community Playhouse is using the building.
Tomorrow's Dentistry Today is the name of Doctor
Robert Deshong's practice on South Side.
Dr. Deshong was my dentist from 1992 until 1995,
but I hope he will be my dentist again.
It might be interesting to look this up in the
Guinness Book of World Records.
One of several bricks used as memorials for lost
This memorial brick is in a section of Elm Street
maintained by the city government.
The Garden Club is still going.
If Klivan's is still in business they might have
Someone needs to weed around these bricks
purchased by the Lukasiak family members.
Another memorial brick along Elm Street.
The Pastel Record and Music Company is still in
A greeting to family members.
A mother remembered by her son.
The Girl Scout Troops tell future Oil City girls
that they were here in 1999.
The 1933 graduating class from Oil City High
The Oil City Chamber of Commerce.
This Pulaski brick is an indicator of the strong
Polish influence in Oil City.
The Polish-American descendants of the first
immigrants have their own Catholic parish, Assumption
Parish, and fraternal organizations. The historic community
is centered on the North Side.
Shauna Howe was tragically murdered while
returning home from a Halloween Party in 1992.
The Shoe Hospital is now defunct, but I used
their services many times while they were open.
The South Side parish of Saint Stephen purchased
Venango County Economic Development
There are many more of these bricks with most of them to be found
on both sides of Elm Street on North Side, which was once the old
Downtown District of Oil City. After moving here in February 1989, I
got to experience some of the old Downtown, which had many shops and
restaurants to serve the employees of Quaker State Motor Oil's
headquarters building, First Seneca Bank's headquarters, a large
Mellon Bank building, and all of the small businesses and
professional offices that were once in operation there. Oil City had
a Woolworth store, a Hallmark store, and a Holiday Inn. Everyday, the
sidewalks were full of people going to lunch and using part of the
time to shop or run household errands. It was a busy place, but today
is a place most people drive through to go somewhere else. Most of
the commercial activity has left the North Side and moved to
Cranberry near the Walmart that was built there in the early 2000s.
The North Side downtown today generates controversies about what to
do with buildings that are falling apart and a parking structure that
costs too much to repair and also too much to tear down. Among the
signs of what the North Side once was are all the bricks people
purchased to be placed along its sidewalks along with the closed
shops and restaurants.
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