Today there are 60,000 people living in Pasco patronizing hundreds of businesses. But Pasco during the the mid-century was a very different place. Can you believe that in 1955 there were:

  • 15,300 people
  • 4,907 telephones
  • 60 miles of paved roads
  • 18 police officers
  • 13 churches
  • 7 fire fighters (plus 29 volunteers)
  • 4 parks
  • 4 elementary schools
  • 4 passenger railways
  • 2 parochial schools
  • 2 theaters
  • 2 newspapers
  • 1 hospital
  • 1 trade school
  • 1 middle school
  • 1 high school
  • 1 drive-in
  • 1 bowling alley
  • 1 roller rink
  • 3 radio stations
  • 0 television stations

Did you grow up in Pasco? Do you remember these businesses?

  • Wade’s (fashion)
  • Lad & Lassie Children’s Clothing
  • Block’s and Ells
  • Jackson Wilbert
  • Jim’s Shoe Repair
  • Pasco Shoe Clinic
  • Hazel’s Beauty Shop
  • Cliff’s OK Barber Shop
  • Drop-a-Tot Day Nursery
  • Ferguson’s Animal Hospital
  • Carter’s Toyland
  • Spic and Span’s Cleaners
  • Connie’s Flowers
  • Wellman’s Floor Coverings
  • Gerry’s Upholstery
  • Columbia Mattress Company
  • Spooner’s Motel
  • Sage Motors
  • Campbell’s Tourist Court
  • Don’s Appliance
  • Thue’s Self Service Variety
  • Blanche’s Pet and Curio Shop
  • Piano lessons by Mrs. Ethel Hopkinson
  • Violin lessons from Jessie Blanton
  • Dancing lessons from Arthur Murray
  • Pasco Gun Shop
  • Bowlby & Girton Bail Bond Co.
  • Ray’s Tavern
  • The Sacajawea Room
  • The Oasis
  • George’s Place
  • Royal Cabs
  • City Cabs
  • Colonial Manor Sanitarium
  • Columbia Sanitarium

Share your memories of growing up in Pasco.

Information courtesy of the Franklin County Historical Society. Visit the museum at 305 North Fourth Avenue in Pasco from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and by appointment. Call 547-3714 for details. or email museum@FranklinCountyHistoricalSociety.org