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Take a peek down East Main Street in 1956

Two-way traffic on East Main Street in downtown Lexington looking towards the east in May of 1956. The building in the upper right corner is the Lafayette Hotel. It closed in 1963 and is now the offices of the Lexington Fayette County Urban County Government. Walnut Street, now called Martin Luther King Boulevard, runs next to the Lafayette Hotel. The parking lot on the left side is now the Fayette County Clerk's Office. The site of the Chase Bank Building located today in Lexington, is in the area of the picture where you see the Bradley's Drugs, Sears and Standard Furniture signage. Herald-Leader Staff Photo
Two-way traffic on East Main Street in downtown Lexington looking towards the east in May of 1956. The building in the upper right corner is the Lafayette Hotel. It closed in 1963 and is now the offices of the Lexington Fayette County Urban County Government. Walnut Street, now called Martin Luther King Boulevard, runs next to the Lafayette Hotel. The parking lot on the left side is now the Fayette County Clerk's Office. The site of the Chase Bank Building located today in Lexington, is in the area of the picture where you see the Bradley's Drugs, Sears and Standard Furniture signage. Herald-Leader Staff Photo Herald-Leader

From our historical photo blog KYphotoarchive.com, a picture showing two-way traffic on East Main Street in downtown Lexington, looking east, in May 1956.

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