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Reveling in the Years, Part 2

Apr 08 2019


May 6 marks the 10th anniversary of the airport’s current terminal. To mark the birthday we’re spending the next few weeks looking back at the airport’s previous terminals.

Our previous post ended with the photograph that begins this post: three men looking at what appears to be building site plans for the airport’s second terminal. It’s 1961. The man in the middle is the airport’s second director, Lester Jones.

The second photo is from 1962 or 1963. It shows the second terminal being built right in front of the first terminal. It’s an interesting photograph for several reasons, but we want to point out is that it shows us where the photo of the three men was taken. Take a look at the enlarged area of the terminal photo. See the travel trailer the trio stood next to? The trio photo was taken in the area between the trailer and the chain link fence.

The photos document continuous change: the old radar tower goes away. The control tower is torn down. Parking lots get bigger. Check out the comparison views in photo nine. It shows the second terminal in about 1970. Then you see the same view as shown on Google Maps today. The last five photos show an airport brochure from about 1965.

In next week’s post we’ll continue our look back at the second terminal. By the time it was retired, in 2009, it didn’t bear much resemblance to the way it started out in 1964!

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