This view of St Germain in downtown St Cloud is pretty much how it looked in the 1960s...the building on the left is the no-longer Grand Central Hotel. By the 60s, it was in bad repair, and renting a room was cheap and by the day, week or month, I think. On the other side of the street (to the right here), was the Greyhound station, with the bus exit door just off the picture's edge. A little more to the right was the infamous Hayes Theater. Funny how most St Germain street views began at the red brick German American Bank (mid-right).
And, here's the post office of our youth--it's still there, still this imposing--a block north of St Mary's Cathedral and across the street. It's now the Federal Building. Oh, and here's the City of St Cloud website and a walking tour you can follow online if you're curious.
(Below: air view looking west from the river, 1955)
To most viewers, these pics are just a bunch of buildings. But, it's how things were--it's the vital 'original' canvas before all the re-painting they've done in the last 50 years. St Cloud then was a booming small town, and this was pretty much it. A birds eye view of St Cloud now would need to be much larger, but this part wouldn't be as interesting, since many of these buildings are no longer there. It makes me wonder again about the nature of "progress", you know?