Flashback: Down on Main Street

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The primary route through town might not bear the name, but every town and every city has a "Main Street."

It's where the action is, the busy part of town. In cities, Main Street often was the center of economic activity. In small towns across Oklahoma, it was often the place where teenagers gathered on Saturday nights to "drag Main."

And, while cities and towns grew beyond Main Street, the road was still the vein that connected one side of town to the other, pumping life along the way, bringing together businesses and people.

Here are several photographs of some of Oklahoma's Main streets. If you're in the vicinity of one of these cities, stand on the corner and compare how much has changed since these images were taken many years ago.

In 1946, several shoppers carry packages as they walk in the 200 block of Main Street in downtown Oklahoma City.
In 1946, several shoppers carry packages as they walk in the 200 block of Main Street in downtown Oklahoma City.

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Oklahoma's Main streets brought together businesses and residents

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