From Bridges to Broadway – Part Four

July 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm 12 comments

Part One here

Part Two here

Part three here


Lorain's first Swing Bridge

1894 2nd Swing Bridge

1899 3rd Swing Bridge

1899 Viaduct

Erie Swing Bridge

Swing Bridge Open

1936 traffic closed bridge

1939 Old and New

Charles Berry Bascule Bridge


1880 Horsecars on Broadway ( before the Great Awakening)

Broadway working

1913 East Erie Viaduct

Perry Centennial Parade 1913

Broadway from 4th

Broadway at the Loop

Lorain Hardware - LFD testing their ladders

1930 Aerial View

Lorain Loop 1930

Christmas 1933 ( Palace)

1935 New Loop

Downtown - car to Elyria

Lorain Downtown Aerial View

Street Car Yale

Once again many thanks to Dennis Lamont for sharing these photos.



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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Renee Dore  |  July 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks Loraine for taking time to put these up on the blog. There are so many photos of what this city used to be like and the changes it has gone thru.

  • 2. Renee Dore  |  July 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    What was the Great Awakening???

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Probably the opening up of the Johnson Steel Milll in 1884-85 anyone else got any ideas….

  • 4. A. Drwal  |  July 18, 2010 at 7:09 pm


    Thanks for the great photo’s of a bussling great City. These photo’s reminded me of growing up in Lorain and going Downtown with my Mother. What a great memory.
    Lorain still can be a wonderful place to live and enjoy. We still have many opportunities to bring back this City but we have to start moving in a more positive direction.
    Our waterfront is our major resource and needs to be developed. I truly believe had the Pipeyard been built under the Bascule Bridge some major changes would have already occured in the Downtown area. You can see what type of draw the All Pro Stadium has created. Who could have imaged a top of the line act like Alan Jackson would be in Avon?
    Thanks again for the great photo’s. I noticed the trolley car in the last photo has posted on front its destination “Port Fest”, amazing.

  • 5. Anne Molnar  |  July 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Great pictures. My dad lived in Lorain in 1913, and worked at the mill for two years before moving to Mc Keesport, Pa.and employed at the National Tube there for fifty years.

    I remember him telling me about the dirt roads, horse and buggy, and the hard work at the mill. I only wish that I could have learned more from him. I thank every one for pictures of the past years. Very interesting. What can we tell our next generation of children of past history of Lorain fifty years from now. there is always hope for a better tomorrow for them to tell their children and grandchildren.

  • 6. Renee Dore  |  July 19, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I too have a great memory of the downtown area. My mother worked in a few ladies clothing stores in the 1950’s and she also worked at the corner loop delicatessan. We lived just down the street and around the corner on north Washington. She also had Tommie’s Dellcatessan on West Erie next to the Park Restaurant that was also the Ranch House. These places are gone now.
    I was just thinking the other what has been in “my backyard” over the years that still exist- City Hall,the Police Station, the freighter boats, the harbor, the Loop, the park on Washington Ave., Pete’s Garage that used to be Boroski’s, Frey Funeral Home and Antlers– not to mention some very nice people in the neighborhood.

  • 7. Carolyn  |  July 19, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Loraine, This is a great way to celbrate the City’s birthday. Are all the photos, Dennis’? I am not sure the museum have all of them. Maybe he will let us scan them. Thanks for all you do for our City.

  • 8. Renee Dore  |  July 19, 2010 at 3:48 am

    An intersting book would be one that covers the nautical past of Lorain- including the port’s history, the shipbuilders, shipcaptains and the industry along the river. I know there have been books published about Lorain’s history but I am not aware of any that just cover the nautical aspect. Seems like there are so many photos just on that subject.

  • 9. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Hi Carolyn, 95 percent of them are Dennis the new ones such as Paula and Marks and LPA are noted…I had a couple re the lighthouse that I had used in other posts. but I think I got them from you 🙂

    Bryan Goldthorpe tells me that part of the the Swing Bridge is at Lakeview hmmmmmmmmm trying to guess where you know? he is being mysterious …..

  • 10. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Renee maybe we should get Kelly “on board” for that one 🙂

  • 11. Renee Dore  |  July 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    It’s a thought….There’s so much to cover and so much of it is gone- many generations will never know of the work that happened on the waterfront and how it effected thousands of people all over the country for almost 2 centuries.

  • 12. As Seen In Lorain – The History Unearthed? Edition |  |  July 30, 2011 at 4:16 am

    […] from the Erie Swing Bridge, the last one in Lorain? source Only the excavators know and they aren’t […]

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