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Main Street: 1936

Main Street: 1936

October 1936. "Main and Marion. French section, west side of river, Amoskeag, Manchester, New Hampshire." View full size. 35mm negative by Carl Mydans.


Urban Renewal

I live in New Haven, and downtown was all but destroyed to put up awful concrete boxes that eventually got torn down after years of vacancy.

Manchester NH

That's pretty amazing, thanks for posting. I must say, 'tho, that I prefer the earlier view! Urban renewal destroyed much of the character of my home town, too.

Great map!

This area of Manchester is available in Google street view. I wonder when urban renewal cleaned this area up?

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Manchester Now

Marion Street used to head east from Main (former US 3) between Wayne and Amory streets.

The Brooks Pharmacy now occupies this area. Marion would have run almost down the center of the building. The Catholic Medical Center also sits on former Main Street - The access drive in the back of Brooks Pharmacy is as close as you might get to this spot.

Modern View?

I would love to see a modern version of this view, since the location is so clearly named. What is there now?


This was my stomping ground as a teen - I went to school across the river but most of my buddies lived on the West Side. These were some hard-core Canucks, man, and I still remember the first time I heard my friend's father tell his wife to 'fix me a pair of toast'. Awesome people.

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