Don’t you love images like this one? It is a stretch of Manchester that is familiar to all of us who live in or near Maplewood. Recognizable but almost completely different from the way it looks today.
We are looking west down Manchester. The intersection is that of Laclede Station Road. I have never seen an image of the cool filling station that was once on the northwest corner. Notice that it is a Phillips 66 station. The 66 was for Route 66, the mother road that ran straight through Maplewood.
The cars are from the mid-1930s. The original Route 66 was so designated from 1926 through 1933. This image is almost certainly of the original Route 66. Perhaps by the time this photograph was taken the alignment (as they are known) had been moved to Watson a couple of years earlier. No matter. The view wouldn’t have changed much.
The NE corner today is the location of the Aldi’s supermarket. The Volvo dealer occupies both the SE and the SW corners.
Much thanks to my former neighbor, Bill Smothers, for sending this along.
Doug Houser September 19, 2021