Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bowie Plaza in the 70s

As part of the Bowie Blade Pic Project, I've been posting pictures taken by Arnie Miles for the Bowie Blade between 1973 and 1975. Arnie might take as many as two or three dozen pictures for a news story, but usually only one or two of the pictures would be published in the Blade. These pictures offer a glimpse into 1970s Bowie, but always in the context of some newsworthy event.

This set of pictures show an emergency response to an accident that appears to have taken place near Bowie Plaza. Portions of the plaza and the surrounding area can be seen in the photographs.

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This is the entrance to Bowie Plaza. The 1970s era police car, ambulance and fire truck are parked along Route 197. Route 197 was not as wide as it is today. Brady's Citgo gas station on the other side of the street is where the present day Sunoco is located (on the corner of Old Chapel Road and Route 197 across from the plaza). The trees were much smaller then, so you can see some of the houses on Maycheck Lane behind the gas station. If you look just to the left of the colonial, you can even see the water tower in the distance on Belair Drive.

The parking lot of Bowie Plaza. Love the striped pants! The main part of the plaza is in the background.

Did you ever buy your clothes at Robert Hall? The Tidewater office seen in the background was last occupied by Starbucks. Behind the Tidewater office is where the post office is located today.

The Belair National Bank occupied the location of the present day Checks Cashed.

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