5th Street – 1971 Then & Now

Below are Aerials shots from 1971, showing what Fifth street highway/Route 61/Kutztown Road looked like just north of the city. A few of the notable  structures are the Reading Fairgrounds, Bellevue Diner, and Gethsemane Cemetery. The Warren Street Bypass was also noticeably not extended past 5th street at the time of this photo. Five years after this photo, the bypass was connected up to Pricetown Road, as it is still today.

Fifth Street 1971
1971
Fifth Street 1971
2018

Some notable places:

Fifth Street 1971
intersection of 5th Street and Bellevue Ave; the Bellevue Diner
Fifth Street 1971
Muhlenberg School Campus. You can see the current high school building was under construction, and opened in 1972.
Fifth Street 1971
The Fairgrounds

Born and raised in Berks, I am fascinated by the style, design & culture of the mid-late 20th century. I started this website to research and build a collection of the places, things and stories I have heard about my entire life. Read more here.

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