Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Pomona Mall - California 1960's

The Pomona Mall was designed by renowned artist Millard Sheets and opened in 1962. Pomona's nine-block long pedestrian mall was the first such mall built west of the Mississippi.

Pomona's philosophy was that downtown is for people, not for motor cars. So the historic city transformed its blighted core area into a thing of beauty and leisure for its 83,000 people by building a mall studded with statuary and trees.

The mall was built by private subscription of property owners without state or federal aid and brought new life to a whole valley by giving the old "downtown" a new integrity and restoring hometown pride to the people.

Thrifty Cut Rate Drug Store, Home Savings and Loan, National Dollar Stores, Woolworth's John P. Evans, United California Bank and Ewart's Men's Wear.

Direction board on the Pomona Mall. Push the buttons for directions to your favorite store.

JC Penney Company Department store and SIC Finance Company.

Buffum's Department Store.

Jeanne's, Woolworth's and John P. Evans.

The Mall Shuttle Bus.


Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Fun stuff! I would have pushed every single button on that electronic map board! Great outdoor mall, is it still there? I grew up with an outdoor mall, “Fallbrook Square” in Canoga Park, too bad they unclosed it in the 1990’s, then a couple years ago they tore it down and now it’s a huge “mini mall” all outdoors again!

outsidetheberm said...

That shuttle bus has a vague similarity to the old Glamour Tram at Universal Studios.
Thanks for the neat look back.

Debbie V. said...

I enjoyed these pictures of the Pomona Mall. I grew up in La Mirada during the 1955-70 era and remember most of these stores. We hung out at the Thrifty's at the La Mirada Shopping Center. Other nearby malls - the Buena Park Mall, Whittwood Shopping Center, The Whittier Quad and Norwalk Square. I sure wish they would have considered keeping some of these. I guess it wasn't financially feasible.

pcgrad said...

Hi & thanks for the history & pics of the Pomona Mall! I remember 5-cent ice cream cones at Thrifty & the sophisticated view of Buffum's from the store's central escalators. Any history, pics or info on the Northwest Paper Co. in Pomona? Is it still operating where that tall water tower stood next to the rr tracks? thanks again!

Mark Dixon said...

What fun! Great memories in those old photos. Now... the third photo, which is looking east from Gibbs St., that was not a May Company next to the SIC Loan but in fact a J.C. Penney store.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Thank you for updating the picture Mark. I have changed the info. Appreciate you stopping by.

Denise said...

I loved this mall. Spent many happy Saturdays there just hangin' out and looking at the guys.

The Christmas Parade went through there every year and in 1968, Bob Seagren, was the grand marshall. He had just won in the Olympics in Mexico City.

Chris James said...

I miss the Pomona Mall. My grandma would always me there to go get shoes, and we end up at the thrift store.