Skateland a Go-Go! Who could forget? But it couldn’t hold a candle to the
Remember the City Dairy and Magruder’s
Grocery right across the street? There
used to be little grocery stores on many corners back in those days, including Wooley’s on
In the summer, the swimming pool was bliss, replete with sno-cone stand and a 12-foot diving board.
In those days J.C. Penney didn’t have cash registers. When you purchased something, the sales clerk would put the money and receipt in a tube, pull a cord, and the tube would be sent up a wire to the cashier on the mezzanine (where the ladies’ apparel was). The cashier would make change and send the tube back down.
Macy’s, Draper Drug and
Woolworth’s were also on 4th, as were McCauley’s Jewelry, Hancock’s Photography,
Brown’s Shoe Fit, The Hub, and the Home State and First National Banks. On Highway 34 there was the Dude Corral and
the A&W (which is still open).
As a kid, you could be gone all afternoon in the summer, playing or exploring, and your parents never worried about you as long as you got home in time to clean up for supper. Most of us had a healthy respect for the Loveland Police Department. They always seemed to know what we were up to, but acted as watchful protectors, like when we’d run around town in the middle of the night during a slumber party, or perform a Chinese fire drill at a red stop light.
Were you ever in the Pet and Doll Parade? What public grade
school did you attend? There was Lincoln
Stinkin’, Washington Washtub, Garfield Garbage Can and Big Thompson (Bit T), which
never merited a pejorative nickname.
Remember the track meets?
And in high school, Rag Day was a huge event, with elaborate costumes and fierce competition for the best skit. Choir and band concerts, musicals, plays – we were given lots of opportunities to perform.
There were some big events during our school days. In October 1962, we were waiting for the bomb to fall during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Where were you when you heard that President Kennedy had been shot? The Cold War made the international scene uncertain and frightening, and the government put out instructions on how to build and provision bomb shelters. We tried not to think about it all too much, and our lives went on.
Of note is the fact that we were the first generation to
recognize pizza as the perfect junk food.
Now it is the most popular item sold in restaurants, even more than
hamburgers. Such importance should not
be overlooked. Pizza Roma was on 7th
and also in
We had Santeramo’s on
We used to cruise Lincoln and Cleveland, when they were both
boulevards with beautiful medians, and we could see who was out and about. Workman’s Drive-in was a place to see and be
seen. There was tennis, basketball and
Where did you go with your sweetheart to make out? The Pines or Sunset Drive-ins, Horsetooth Reservoir, the lights of
Klitzke’s Bicycle Shop was across
the street from the
There was the Great Western Sugar Factory east of town – remember the whistle? The pickle vats were along the railroad tracks between 6th and 7th. On the west side of town was the Nehi Pop Bottling Company, and the plaster mill was north of Highway 34 by Devil’s Backbone.
What beautiful country to grow up in! Cherry orchards were everywhere. Trees lined the winding Big Thompson River,
and what a spectacular drive to