Shasta Memory Bank 8.7.10

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A crowd gathered for a street dance on Market Street between Butte and Yuba Streets, c. 1916. Looks like one little guy’s date stood him up.

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4 Responses

  1. Avatar Brandon says:

    The only 2 buildings still standing are the Odd Fellows Hall (far left) and the bank (across the intersection on right). This picture was taken in Market St right were Need to Speed is now, looking North towards the Old City Hall. love those old pictures!

  2. Avatar Budd Hodges says:

    That old picture shows those folks are dancing on a dirt Market Street near the bank which years later became "The Music Box."

    Entertainment was hard to find, I'm sure, in the early 1900's . I wonder where the band was? Or maybe they had a Victrola with a roller playing.

    Check out the long dresses the women are wearing. In those days, no woman would be seen in public wearing pants or shorts. And men almost always wore a hat and sometimes a suit and tie while the young boys wore bib overalls.

    Styles have certainly changed since 1916.

  3. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyde says:

    Budd, your comments remind me about musicians like the great Robert Strawn (rancher, cutting horse trainer, and cat tracker) who grew up in and ranched in Oak Run and used to ride horse-back to barn dancers to play fiddle. I am so lucky to have been friends with this man. I imagine that, if electricity failed, you would still be able to find an group of acoustic musicians who would provide the music that people need.

  4. Avatar Renee says:

    The building on the left with the awning, next to the bank, is actually still standing today, Brandon. The land it sits on was previously owned for many years by C.C. Bush and passed down to his daughter. Eventually, it was sold and in 1902 a Post Office was built. Through the years, it has housed Fox Hardware, LaFrebre Hardware, Graphic Emporium to name just a few…and now the Shasta Historical Society. Speaking of which, if you love old photos you should stop and visit them sometime. They have a photo collection of nearly 18,000 photos relating to Shasta County and its residents.