I vaguely remember the arched roof of Ronnie’s on Old 99 south in the 1960s. Was interested anew when I came across this postcard view. Too bad that there are not any cars in the view, that would have helped to pinpoint the date better. (When I take street view photos now, I try to get some vehicles in the scene, for this reason.).
As you can see it was an auto service/butcher/cold locker/grocery concern. This was in
the days when many people did not have large freezers and would need to rent space in a facility like this. I notice in the aerial view that there was also a motel on the south side of the property. I visited this site also
and found…..nothing…….. just a level plot of grass.
In the foreground of the aerial photo is the Dave Cleve’s Greenhouse range, now part of Skagit Gardens. I believe that that is a 1956 Chevy in the front. That two story white building is the old Cedardale Fire House; still standing. (This whole stretch of Old 99 South, from the railroad tracks to most of the way to Conway was, and still is, known as Cedardale.)
The Now photo shows the current occupant of this property: The Baker Community Presbyterian Church, built in 1997.
’til next time,
Highland Garden House B & B
501 E. Highland Ave.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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