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Changes on Jamestown Street

The intersection of Jamestown Street and Russell Road has changed dramatically over the last 25 years, moving from a primarily residential area to Columbia's commercial center.

Some will remember the houses and older businesses that used to line this intersection. Note: additions and corrections--both factual and grammatical--are welcomed.

Where Franklin motors is now, three houses once stood: The house of Hattie Eubank (later Franklin's Shell station), the house of Mayor Ralph Willis, and the house of E. P. and Audrey Waggener. At one time, a sign noting Columbia's city limits and population of 1400 was here.

Further towards town, the offices currently occupied by State of Kentucky government agencies replaced the Byron Montgomery house, later owned by Louise and Ernest Conover.

Across the street, where Five Star is now, stood the Columbia Supermarket (later RB Campbell Feed & Seed) and the Miranda Williams house, later E. Campbell's house (ACHS graduates of a certain vintage will remember that Mr. Mike Campbell's dog Sparky lived here).

The Jim Beard residence stood where Jeffries Hardware is now, and an Ashland Station was once on the site of Sheila Pyles' Nation's Medicines pharmacy.

On the other leg of the triangle, Central Kentucky Realty replaced the Standard Station, and K&F Grocery once occupied the current Movie Warehouse.

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New Nissan Dealership

2003-08-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. This new sign (center, between Five Star sign and water tower) at the top of Jamestown Hill marks the location of Columbia's newest car dealership, the first time Nissans have been available locally.
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Waggener Residence

2003-08-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo Unknown. This house, once located where Franklin Motors is now at the top of Jamestown Hill, was the residence of E. P. and Audrey Waggener. Photo coutesy of Fay McKinley.
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