Had nothing else to do after getting a haircut, so I thought I’d stop by the now empty Fairgrounds Mall just to see what’s there now.

The Fairgrounds Square Mall was built in 1980 by the F&S Construction Co. on the former site of the Reading Fairground Speedway.  The Mall did a real good business for a number of years.  There were over 84 Stores in here.  During the Christmas Season this place was packed with shoppers all getting gifts for the Holiday Season.  During the other months it did well also.  On a Friday & Saturday nite lot’s of the younger generation would tend to “hang out in here” cause there was not much else to do.  Then, as the years passed by, the business started to decline slowly.  Stores started to close and board up their Fronts.  I noticed this when I would go shopping here.  There first to close were the food places, then more & more stores followed along.  I never knew why this place failed, until finding out later on.


Here is a look at one of the Main Entrances to the Mall.  Still very colorful, but there is no one that shops here anymore.  It’s empty of stores, except a few that are still hanging in there hoping business will get better, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.


Empty jewelry stands are void of merchandise to sell.  No shoppers here anymore.


Empty floors & store fronts.


I remember seeing this Pretzel place with lines of people waiting to order.  Not now anymore.


It’s quiet here now.  Nothing except the occasional “Mall Walker” in a big empty area.


A empty display case that once held some pretty jewelry to sell, now waits to be dismantled.

Why did this Mall fail, you might ask?  I found out that the Owner of the Mall complex started to default on taxes and morgage payments.  Then just let the place go down-hill.  Also the younger generation would hang out here and not buy much of anything.  The stores were loosing money slowly.  There were a number of roof repairs that had to be made, because of rain leaking in and leaving a pool of water on the floors.  All that cost money which the Owners were not ready for.  On top of all that, buying products “on-line” helped the problem.  Shoppers could get what they wanted at a better price.  It didn’t help the matter.

This Mall was built over the once famous Reading Speedway Racetrack.  Friday & Saturday nights were a big race time when Sprint cars, Modified cars, and Stock Cars would race the clay & mud track here.  The Reading Fair in September was a big thing also.  It was huge!  I remember going to the Fair in HS and we always had a great time with all the rides.  Now, all that is long gone to History which is a shame.  Time marches on



Hello there to all my Followers.  Do some of you remember this?  Maybe some of you don’t.  This is the Historic Wurlitzer Juke Box that was built in the 1940’s.  I can’t remember who designed the original ones like this, but most of it was made of glass because the plastic was not very available during the War years.

It had a distinctive color pattern that was bright and cheerful.  It also had the world famous bubbles that traveled around on the inside of the glass.  This player would play songs from the Rock & Roll years of the 50’s & 60’s.  1 play was a nickel, and 6 plays were a quarter!  Dancing to your favorite songs was a common thing back in my day.

Most of the songs that were on the Top Record Charts were here to play.  Artists such as Bill Hayley & The Comets, Elvis, Jimmy Dean, Roy Oberson,  Little Richard, were all there.  Drop a nickel in the machine, press the letter & number of the song, and it would play your choice in order that it was received.  “Put another Dime in the Jukebox” and the music would never stop.

I remember these Players well.  I’m sorry to see that they have gone into History, but some of them are still around.  The original ones are few and far between.  Collectors have them.  If you want an original player you will pay a hefty price!


As time went by, the Wurlitzer Company made a newer model, like the one shown above.  It worked the same as the older one, but with no bubbles and the price to play went up, of course.  I think this one was 1 play for a dime, and 4 plays for a quarter.  Not sure on that one.  Both players had great sound for it’s day.



Isn’t this Great Horned Owl pretty with all the different colors they have?


This is my rendition using Color Gel Pens of the Great Horned Owl.  It took me weeks to color this.  Tried to match the color of the real thing, but it’s tough to do.  The real Owl is much prettier.



Going to give this “Cellpix Sunday” thing a try.  I will Post 1 image that I took with my Cell Phone every Sunday, if I remember!  Here is my 1st Entry.  Taken in our 1st Port of Call in the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Ship Pride.  Sorry about the spots.


Thank you for following & reading.

As most of you out there know by now, I love to snoop around & visit Historical places that are around me or a small drive away.  However, this coming Spring, Summer, & Fall I’m going to go places that are more than a short drive away.  This is my Bucket List.  Places I want to visit & photograph, I hope.



Located just outside Sharpsburg, MD is a Civil War Battlefield where there was once a horrendous fight between the Army of the Potomac & the Army of Northern Virginia.  Here on the morning of Sept 17th, 1862 at what is called “The Sunken Road” was a fight that ended up being ” the single bloodist day in American History.”  In just one day, more than 23,000 Union & Confederate Troops were killed in fighting!  One Union Soldier was quoted to say “The Killing, Carnage, & Blood here was appuling.”  “You could almost walk the blood soaked ground without touching it!”  “Bodies of both Confederate & Union were piled 2 and 3 high!”



Located about a 4hr. drive from here is where one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War was fought between the Armies of Northern Virginia & the Army of the Potomac.  It started on July 1st, 1863 and lasted thru July 2nd & 3rd.  This terrible fight was the turning point of the Civil War.  Places such as “The Peach Orchard, The Wheatfield, Devil’s Den, & others will be a focol point for my whole day visit.



Another huge fight here between the Army’s that cost so many thousands of Lives.  Each Army fighting for a cause in which they all believed in.  Pictured above is “The Stone Wall” where the Confederate’s turned back the Union Army 3 times.  The Confederate Army was behind the Stone Wall with the Union approaching from the right in the Image.  The Confederate’s had the high ground shooting down on the Union Army as they attacked the position.  Again, the loss of Life here on this spot was terrible.  Thousands of Union & Confederate dead.  I plan on spending another full day or more here.


This is what the “Sunken Road” at Antietam looked like now & then.

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The “Dunker Church” at Antietam Battlefield, which is still there to this day.

My trips to these places will be done over time.  I can’t visit all of them in just 1 day.  It will take time to do.  I want to slowly walk around, take lot’s of Images, and try to feel what happened at these places of History.