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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

1939: GREENWOOD AVENUE

I was only 3 years old when this photo was taken, but I do remember when Greenwood Avenue went clear through rom South Clinton Avenue to South Broad Street. This photo gives a teasing glimpse of that stretch of the highway. Ben Kuser's KUSER COAL CO. is on the left.
Tom, I went over that bridge twice daily going to THS from Clay Street.. At that time in the early 50s there were still a few steam engines running. It was quite a sight when a train passed under the bridge to see the smoke. soot and steam come up through the decking. A good era to live in.
Noel Goeke

FROM WARREN RUE:
I remember this bridge oh, so well. I crossed it many, many times to visit my uncles and aunts on South Clinton. My trip originated on Jackson St.then crossing over Greenwood. Unfortunately,one time I was hit by a car on Greenwood and dragged by said car over the railroad tracks. When all was said and done, I ended up with the brush burns of all times on the left side of my body.
Indeed, there are memories!

Warren Rue
Anonymous said...
Ten Years after this photo was taken, I crossed this path enroute to my first year at Trenton Central High School. It was some experience, crossing over from South Trenton when you took Greenwood Ave. diagnally across from Sacred Heart Church and wound up on Mansion Row beginning at the corner of Greenwood and So. Clinton. This photo depicts a few of the grand mansions that graced Greenwood Ave. They were the homes of Trenton's Elite!
Sadly, 20 years after this photo in 1959 I began my career in Government with the City of Trenton Health Dept. as a Health Inspector. I was assigned as a "rooming house inspector, which took me into many of these former mansions which had been transformed into Rider College Fraternity Houses, rooming houses, and sheltered care homes.
It did not take long to deem many of them unfit for human habitation, and they became boarded up hulks, and eyesores.
Thanks to careless kids, and greedy landlords.

I guess there is very little to aspite too in Trenton these days.

Best wishes

Mike Kuzma

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I remember this bridge oh, so well. I crossed it many, many times to visit my uncles and aunts on South Clinton. My trip originated on Jackson St.then crossing over Greenwood. Unfortunately,one time I was hit by a car on Greenwood and dragged by said car over the railroad tracks. When all was said and done, I ended up with the brush burns of all times on the left side of my body.
Indeed, there are memories!

Warren Rue

Anonymous said...

Ten Years after this photo was taken, I crossed this path enroute to my first year at Trenton Central High School. It was some experience, crossing over from South Trenton when you took Greenwood Ave. diagnally across from Sacred Heart Church and wound up on Mansion Row beginning at the corner of Greenwood and So. Clinton. This photo depicts a few of the grand mansions that graced Greenwood Ave. They were the homes of Trenton's Elite!
Sadly, 20 years after this photo in 1959 I began my career in Government with the City of Trenton Health Dept. as a Health Inspector. I was assigned as a "rooming house inspector, which took me into many of these former mansions which had been transformed into Rider College Fraternity Houses, rooming houses, and sheltered care homes.
It did not take long to deem many of them unfit for human habitation, and they became boarded up hulks, and eyesores.
Thanks to careless kids, and greedy landlords.

I guess there is very little to aspite too in Trenton these days.

Best wishes

Mike Kuzma