Though I've been back to Zanesville a couple of times already this year, it seemed like a good idea if we spent part of the week (between Corvette events) by visiting Zanesville, looking up some classmates and other friends and adding photos to our page.
And, so we did. Chaz and I met with Jerry Combs at Adornetto's to set the plan:
We no longer have Weber's, Starr's, Robert Hall's or Finlaw Lumber. Since there are no more Teen Times the Y's are gone (the M is a parking lot and the W is a restraint). A new YMCA is on McIntire with an outdoor pool. We still have the D.Q.'s on Maysville and Maple. Burger Chef is long gone, but we do have a White Castle. No more Pioneer Electric (a law office is now there), but Blockbuster and several other video stores are now in town. Zanesville holds the honor of having more used cars for sale than any place else its size in the US. We also have many, many places to eat on Maple, still starting at Tom's. The Stein is still with us. Whitie's is now in Avondale (S. Zanesville) and that site is a bank.
Bloomer Candy is still with us and is bigger than ever with two locations (one still downtown and the other just outside of town). White's Chevy is gone, but Dutro's Ford is hanging tough. No more Greiner or Meadow Gold Dairy, but we can still buy milk at our Kroger, Super Wal-Mart, etc. (sorry, no Big Bears at all in Zanesville). Plenty of gas stations around with 35 cent gas, that's a fifth not a gallon.
Pizza parlors are abundant, but there's still only one Andy's. Conn's are still 50 miles fresher. Coca-Cola is still with us as is Pepsi. We still have "the Branch", which is now Ohio University Zanesville or OUZ as we call it. We have Zane State College also on Newark Road across from the Muskingum County Home.
We still have the use of the Camera Shop and Cover's TV. Each at their same location. While you're at the Camera Shop stop by Williams Bakery, which is also still in business.
The Liberty, Wellar and State have all been replaced by a ten screen theatre near the K-mart, which is what used to be Kresges. We have no drive-ins at all. The Maple has become a Wal-Mart and the Skyway a car lot. Not many of the downtown businesses still around and some that are have moved north or charged names.
There are baskets sold in place of carpet near the Y-bridge where Mee's used to be.
Continental Can is now Brockway Glass, Essex Wire is Lear and Armco is still Armco. Zanesville Mold Shop is now north of town and folks are living in condos in the old factory.
Northside Beach is now a Lowe's Store and Military Bowling Lanes is a funeral home.
There are no longer any swimming pools on West Main. We still have the Lind Arena for you skating fans.
Most Churches are still around, but some have moved (Coburn is now on North Maple Ave, North Terrace is behind the Mall) and others have consolidated. We also have several new churches in our area.
Our downtown is now antique malls, banks and law offices, with most shopping areas north and south of the city. Most of our schools are gone or will be soon, with the building of new junior highs (which are now middle schools) and a new ZHS.
We have many places to go out to eat and much more shopping opportunities then we use to have, but we there's still "no place to shop or no where to go out to eat" according to some folks.