Do you remember when Cobb Parkway was the only road in Cobb County with more than two lanes and was called “The Four Lane Highway”? When South Cobb Drive was called “the Access Highway” and had only two lanes.
Do you remember when Marietta’s city limits were one mile in all directions from the center of Glover Park in the Square?
When the Zesto Ice Cream store was built on the future site of the Big Chicken and they had the original “Cone with the Curl on Top”?
Do you recall when Marietta High School had the only football team in the county and they played Cartersville every Thanksgiving? If so, you go waaay back.
Do you remember when the main bridge over the Chattahoochee River was on Old Atlanta Road and it was only one lane because the streetcar track used the other lane? A policeman at the Atlanta end of the bridge manually controlled the traffic signals.
Do you remember when farmers came to town on Saturday morning and swapped stories in front of the old Courthouse and everyone walking past had to be careful or they might get spattered with tobacco juice?
When a kid could see three double features on Saturday at the Strand, Cobb and Legion Theatres and have some change from a half dollar? When the Square was paved with red bricks and traffic ran counter-clockwise?
Do you remember when school children marched around the Square and on to the Confederate Cemetery on Southern Memorial Day? Most of the kids carried flowers, usually hydrangea, for the graves. (The parade was led by Mrs. Regina Rambo Benson, who taught the kids to sing “Dixie” as it should be sung.)
Do you recall when a bus ride from downtown through Pine Forest and Marietta Place to the high school was 10 cents?
You go way back if you can remember when the county farm prisoners grew sugar cane and made syrup on the present site of the Cobb Civic Center even before the Larry Bell Recreation Center was built. They used mules traveling in circles to stir the huge vats of syrup.
On the sad side, do you remember when kids couldn’t go swimming at the Brumby Recreation Center pool because of the polio scare?
Back then all the cotton mills fielded baseball teams and recruited employees especially to play on the teams. They played mostly on weekends and the Marietta team played at Brown’s Park before it became a parking lot for Northcutt Stadium.
Do you remember when most of the local filling stations sold either Sinclair, Gulf or Pure gasoline and the attendant checked your oil, radiator, battery and tire pressure free of charge without being asked? No pumping your own gas.
And do you remember how when you went east past Cobb Parkway or west past Kirkpatrick Drive you were already “out in the country”?
Next time — more memories!
Bill Kinney is associate editor of The Marietta Daily Journal.