The city of Arlington has had a rich history dating back to the early 1600s, when it was called “Menotomy” by the Algonquins who lived there. Fore more than 400 years it has been known by several names (including West Cambridge), served as a battleground during the Revolutionary War, was a leader in lettuce production, is home to the oldest operational mill in the country, and it’s where more than 40,000 residents currently live.
This photo of Arlington Center, taken in the mid 1900s, demonstrates just how important local businesses are to every community. You can see the activity through the full parking spots and the busy sidewalks. I love looking at how different every business’s signage is. Even if you can’t read the name of the stores, you know where one store ends and the next begins. If you were a customer, everything you could possible need is probably in the range of a few city blocks.
Do you recognize any of these businesses? Did you own a business in Arlington? We would love to hear about your memories of living and working in the city. Share your pictures and stories with us! Please send them to Wicked Local Media Solutions or tweet us @WLMediaSolution.