Sunday, October 24, 2010

Flint Photos: Downtown in the Sixties

Flint Expatriate Shawn Chittle has an amazing collection of Flint photos from the late sixties — a time when trains ran through downtown and buildings covered parts of the river — on his Facebook page.


  1. WOW, never before seen by my eyes.. Totally cool!!!

  2. Great photos. Brings back a lot of memories.

  3. Brings back my childhood memories of buidings on a bridge.

  4. Used to get dogs at Coney Island no.1 after family swin night at the YMCA.
    As I recall they were always a little greasier than Angelo's, but just as good.
    Once saw a drunk reach across and grab some guys dinner. Didn't stick around to see the fight.
    Johnnie's Shoe Shine was in the next block-same side, going north. I also remember admiring the shark-skin suits and Beatle boots in one of those shops near Marshall's Music store. Great photos here that take me back to my youth in this once grand city.

  5. Great to see these photos. I lived for a brief time in Flint in 1966-67. These pictures remind me of that time. The people I met in Flint were wonderful to me. It was a difficult time in my young life and I appreciated the "kindness of strangers" I found in Flint.

  6. My father owned Pet Town on Fenton Ave. Also 6 other locations arounf Flint proper circa 1970's


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