Front Views

 

Early views from the north parking lot:

 

 

1961

 

 

1961

 

 

The west wing of the mall, 1961. From left: Remer's Gifts, Abbot's Men's Shop, Decorative Arts,

Raven Books, TV Leo's, Kerr's Sporting Goods, Miracle Mile.

 

 

Wards, circa 1961.

 

 

The Broadway, 1966.

 

 

Mall Dedication and Time Capsule, August 1961

 

 

1963

 

 

1963

View of front entrance with milk trucks on display, 1963.

Rickshaw rides, circa 1964. 18-year-old Dick Guthrie of Phoenix showed up at the mall one day in 1963 with his homemade rickshaw and offered to transport shoppers from the interior of the mall to their vehicles in the parking lot for tips. Dick made about $15 per day for his college fund and the service proved so popular that Life magazine came out to do a photo layout.

Robert Kennedy made an appearance at Chris-Town on March 30, 1968 during his presidential campaign.
Courtesy of the family of Russell Lynn Ragsdale.

Robert Kennedy appearance. March 30, 1968. Courtesy of the family of Russell Lynn Ragsdale.

Robert Kennedy appearance. March 30, 1968. Courtesy of the family of Russell Lynn Ragsdale.

Robert Kennedy appearance. March 30, 1968. 

New! - View of north parking lot from roof, 1968.

New! - Bob Fox, 1965.

The Chris-Town Bob’s Big Boy coffee shop was the second Bob’s to appear in Phoenix and was given a prime corner location in front of the mall. Considerable native stone was incorporated into the trim. Bob’s was one of eleven restaurants featured at Chris-Town when it first opened.

1970

Front entrance on Bethany Home Road alit at night, 1967.

Top of Page