LATEST ADITIONS TO THE SITE:
March 18, 2023 Library Presentation Photos
Sinclair Service Station at W. Main and York
Paul Quinn B-24 Bomber Update (Scroll to bottom of article)
Mack Wilson Spurrier Memories (Family Information}
Delta Shopping Center and Brookwood Area Service Stations - South York Street
Albion Grocery Company (Rear). (Scroll in "Spindle City Scenes" section to see image.)
Modernist Uptown service station.
Do Nut Dinette, W.Franklin Blvd. December 1977
Former occupants of "Center City Crossings" site.
Goebel's Luncheon Service building. (Scroll in "More Spindle City Scenes" section to see image.)
Recreation Bowl--Gastonia's first bowling alley.
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Visit the "Gastonia History" page!
Noted Gastonia and Gaston County historian Robert Allison Ragan tells the story of the founding of
Gastonia, North Carolina!
Robert Ragan's latest book and crowning achievement,
The History of Gastonia and Gaston County North Carolina:
A Vision of America at Its Best,
is available now!
Click the title to learn where you can get a copy.
York Chester National Historic District
to see how the past fits wonderfully into the present.
Click here for more information about the YCNHD.
Be sure to visit Dan Robie's excellent Piedmont and Northern Railway webpage on the "Transportation" page.
Don't miss Charlotte architect Terry Shook's article describing his awakening appreciation for Gastonia, his hometown. The article was published on PlanCharlotte.org, the website of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.
Visit Adam Prince's fascinating website Carolina Lost! (See us there.)
See selected pages from the scrapbook of pioneer Gastonia radio station WGNC, provided through the efforts of former DJ Randy Jenkins and by the generosity of Mr. Jerry McSwain. Don't touch that dial!
Read excerpts from our correspondence with Hugh E. White, Jr. the grandson of Hugh E. White, architect of several iconic Gastonia structures, and find the link to his fascinating website containing heretofore unpublished drawings and photographs on the "Journal" page.
Read the story of Sun Drop® and its beginnings in Gastonia on the "Journal" page. (Posted January 29, 2011.)
Be sure to see our collection of matchbooks from Gastonia businesses in the 1940s and 1950s on the "Ephemera" page.
Visit our page entitled "The Lay of the Land" featuring vintage aerial views of Gastonia.
The late 1940's addition to the First National Bank (Lawyers' Building) has been removed. This beneficial demolition has uncovered the architectural grandeur of the structure that once welcomed travelers as they made their way through the landscaped walkway that passed between it and the old Post Office from the Southern Railway station to Main Avenue. That which is now visible is breathtaking to anyone who loves Uptown/Downtown Gastonia or just beautiful architecture in general. You must see it! (Until you can get there in person, see the photo essay here.)
Gastonia's Brookwood Historic District is compiling its history. If you have information about, or once lived in Brookwood (located on South York Street, below the former Gastonia/Ashley High School buildings), please contact email@example.com.
Visit these Frank L. Ashley High School class websites:
Class of 1957
Class of 1959
Class of 1960
Please share any information you might have on Gastonia schools prior to the 1971 county consolidation.
Randy Whitesides found a wonderful image of Armstrong Elementary School (originally named South School that stood on the west side of Union Road just south of what is now Garrison Boulevard) and shares it with us (through the courtesy of the Gaston County Schools) here.
Be sure to read the forgotten story of the "First Union" building
on the "Journal" page.
(Just as every life weaves a tale, so does every structure built by the hand of man.)
On November 18, 2008 the Gastonia City Council voted to demolish all five historic buildings on the site of the proposed Big Splash project. Many questioned if this would be the "third strike" of government intervention in Uptown/Downtown since the tragic eastward exodus of the mid-1970's.
It appears that it was.
Read "This Is Our Property!" on the "Journal" page.
Is there a Ratchford in your family tree? If so (or even if you are just curious), visit the Ratchford family website and spend some time with your kin. (We are there, too, even though we are not Ratchfords.)
Add this site to your "favorites," and patronize the businesses mentioned herein.
(Tell them they were mentioned on vintagegastonia.com.)
We are looking for photographs of businesses and residences that once stood Uptown along Airline Avenue. Send us an e-mail with a description or an attachment.
Do you have vintage maps, advertisements, brochures, matchbook covers, grand opening "giveaways,"or other publicity pieces featuring Gastonia businesses and organizations from the 1930's through the 1970's? See the "Ephemera" page. If you would like to see your items displayed there, along with proper credit, please send an e-mail attachment or contact us to make arrangements for them to be scanned and returned.
Old Gastonia is almost gone. Cherish what remains, and learn all you can about what has vanished.
The best of the past is a blueprint for the future.
Visit us often.