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Walk through history and see Olde Towne’s origins and it’s continued evolution.
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200 years strong, Portsmouth was celebrating its Bicentennial Celebration 1752-1952 for a whole year. Many of her leading citizens grew beards, there were event to celebrate our illustrious History and of course their was the “Hoss Show and Rodeo” at Portsmouth Stadium for five days. Downtown was eagerly awaiting the final completion of the Downtown Tunnel to Norfolk that was soon to revolutionize the business and economy of the entire area. No where was it felt more than in Portsmouth and Suffolk because it brought this side of the river to shopping delights in Downtown Norfolk and at The Center Shoppes and Sears on 21st Street. We were beginning to shake off the wartime influence of the Navy and the Shipyard and we had come through the a brief economic depression following the war. The “Baby Boomers” were starting school.and things were looking up for our community. The tunnel tolls were a quarter a way and the Tunnel Bus Fare was a dime. (Courtesy of Cradock Alumni and Friends, Facebook, June 2015)