A view of downtown Milton in 1957

March 28, 2023

While the businesses have changed, the look of Union Street in downtown hasn’t changed much since 1957.

Many of the same buildings still stand today, including Milton Theatre, the former municipal building and the brick commercial buildings on the right side that now house Irish Eyes, the Dough Bar, the Mercantile of Milton.

The roof of the Milton Public Library building can be seen in this photograph, as well as the steeple of today’s Lydia B. Cannon Museum of the Milton Historical Society.

Stores visible in this photograph include Samuel’s Department Store, Collins Clothes, Milton Hardware and Furniture Co. and Herb’s Taxi.

This photograph was taken during Milton’s Sesquincentennial (150th anniversary) Celebration in August 1957. The town had parking meters back then.

The film playing at the Milton Theatre that particular week was “Written on the Wind” starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone. 

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