This is a great photo. The view is from the east end of High Street in Butler, looking across the river at Main Street. Click on the photo to view it full-sized.
Otto’s Deli has been a landmark on Glenwild Ave. at Ann Street since the 1960s, as this advertisement will attest. Before that it was Hamburg Turnpike by Vreeland Ave.
The deli was still there, run by a fine fellow named Helmut. I’m told the potato salad is excellent. Have to try it one day when I’m in the neighborhood.
Where was “The Inn”, I wonder? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Here’s a then-and-now of a portion of Bloomingdale’s busy Main Street, also known as the Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike, which dates back to colonial days.
I’m not sure just how long this building served as Bloomingdale’s municipal HQ, but long after a new municipal building was constructed, this one is still in use — and largely unchanged from back then.
Federal Hill is well known to history buffs. It was used as a lookout by Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War. It bore witness to the infamous Pompton Mutiny.
Centuries later, it was the site of a German Bund camp during World War II; more on that later.
Since then, however, it’s been fodder for a quarry. Much of it has been devoured, and what’s left will disappear in time.