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The Museum gives special thanks to the Kohara family for providing this previously unpublished photograph.

The photograph was taken sometime between 1941-43 from the middle of Murray Street, just west of its intersection with 5th Street, looking toward the Red River bridge in the distance. Note that the street is still brick at this point in time.

On the left can be seen the New Log Cabin Cafe, the site on which the Joy Theatre was built in the late 1940s. The Kohara studio is further down the block on the left between 4th and 5th streets. In the next block can be seen the Montgomery-Ward building and Guaranty Bank building.

Murray Street, still brick, circa 1937 New Log Cabin Cafe (site of future Joy Theatre) Montgomery Ward Guaranty Bank & Trust Company Rapides Bank Murray Street Bridge across the Red River Kohara Studio sign Pan-Am

Shown below is a detailed view of the north side (left) of Murray Street, betwen 5th and 4th Streets. Note the following variety of businesses along this single block: New Log Cabin Cafe, Central News, Modern Cabs, Smith Glass & Mirror, (Kohara) Photos, shoe repair, sandwich shop, and drug store.

Shown below is a detailed view of the south side (right) of Murray Street, with the Murray Street Bridge in the distance. Some of the highlights along this side of the street: Gulf Oil, Rush's Pure Food Cafe, Walgreens, Jax Beer sign

Gulf Oil Service Station Walgreen's Rush's Pure Food Cafe Murray Street Bridge Jax Beer sign

Shown below is a detailed view of the Pam-Am station at the corner. Note the city street light, the "Approved Credit Cards Honored" sign, the Davis-Puckett Oil Company truck, and the lady (headed to the Post Office?).

Pan-Am sign city street light Davis-Puckett Oil Company truck heading to the Post Office across the street with a letter in hand?? "Approved Credit Cards Honored" sign

New Log Cabin Cafe - KC Steaks Central News with Dr. Pepper sign Smith Glass & Mirror Sign for Kohara Studio Modern Cab Liquor store Drug store shoe repair sandwich shop sandwich shop Montgomery Ward Building brick street ... Murray Street, circa 1937

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