Gardendale pictures - 1960s

Contributed by Mr. Robert Brewis.  Most of these appear to be from the 1965 to 1968 time frame.
The Gardendale Fire Department shows off its three apparatuses in this photo from 1965.
Here are the above three trucks parked in front of the Winn-Dixie shopping center.
Three patrol cars driven by Gardendale's Finest  (1968).

Some accused the city of being one of several infamous "speed traps" along 31 in the 1960s. 

Gardendale's first library, in a converted fire truck bay in city hall (obviously located across the street from Winn-Dixie).

Its Librarian at the time was Mrs. Martha Moore.

Norman Rockwell couldn't come close to painting what this photo conveys.

Qwik-Mart, one of several early convenience store chains in the Birmingham area, had a location in Gardendale.  (1967 or 1968) 

How many WSGN "Lucky Matchbooks" did you pick up? 

Gardendale locals and 
Highway 31 travelers alike went back-back-back......
Robin Hood, the little grocery store "chain" that couldn't.  I believe Gardendale ended up being the only location.

(Yoikes, and awaaaaay... *splat!*)

Standard Oil and Robo-Wash.

The car wash is still in operation today.

Shopping center - Mayhew Shoes, One Hour Martinizing, Western Auto, J&J Walgreen Drug.

An Amoco station is next door.  I have fond memories of that tall "American" sign, a landmark along US 31 (the bottom support post is visible here). When I was little, that sign meant we were fixin' to be in Birmingham!

(That car looks like a '66 AMC Ambassador)

And, finally, the Ben Franklin dime store and a Winn-Dixie.

10/26/2008 -- 903 PM EDT