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Looking back in our memories to landmarks that once stood proudly over Johnson City but are now deceased

Bob Cox • Jun 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Looking back in our memories to landmarks that once stood proudly over Johnson City but are now deceased

Gone But Not Forgotten: Over time, I have developed a love affair with Johnson City landmarks. As a result, I accumulated a massive collection of memories that I stashed in my artifacts. Even today, the list just keeps going. It is with much pain to so many people to see these landmarks slip away.

This action should lead me to replay the landmarks for older generations, folks who still remember it with sheer fondness. To the younger generation, time has likely erased its memories.

Let me present my first landmark. It is at 605 Buffalo Street and Ash Street. My article says: “A 65 year-old Buffalo Street building is being demolished to give way to a parking lot for Summers Hardware. Johnson City.”

The building, which the hardware company bought from the city three years prior, had fallen into despair, said Hunter Jackson of Summers, The “D. Ford Building, built in 1919, over years housed Lockett Brothers Wholesale Grocery, a Honey Krust Bakery, a warehouse for Sears, Roebuck & Co. and a city storage facility.

“It was in too bad a state of repair when we got it, said Jackson. He said Buffalo was a “major artery” during the building's heyday, when you used to drive up here and smell baking bread.

A trip to downtown Johnson City usually included a visit to buy some Honey Krust or perhaps just to to stand in front of their business to smell that wonderful aroma or to go inside and savor a box of their goodies. Staff Photo: Gordon Vest.

I look foreword to hearing from my readers.

Reach Bob Cox at [email protected] or go to www.bcyesteryear.com.