“We Want Moore!” (Not Less)

In recent months, we’ve showcased Steele Street and Hawkins Avenue in our weekly throwback feature.  This time, Moore Avenue gets the spotlight.  With its downtown location and close proximity to the depot and railroad tracks, Moore Avenue has held an important place in Sanford from its inception — even though it is less than 10 blocks long!

Moore Avenue was one of the first roads laid out in the town plan, and was a magnet for a variety of commercial ventures almost from the outset. Our first picture, looking up at the street from what is now Depot Park, shows a horse drawn carriage from a parade just after the turn of the last century. The second picture from around 1914 provides a much better view of all the businesses facing toward the train tracks.

Stein Brothers clothing store played a prominent role in Moore Avenue commerce for much of the early part of the 20th century.  A close look at the first 2 pictures includes a view of the Stein Brothers store in the background. Here we see their storefront in around 1913, and again in 1923.


Our next view is a look at the intersection of Moore and Carthage in the 1930s.  Most of the buildings that are very visible on Moore Avenue in this picture, were demolished several decades ago.

Shortly after World War II, automobiles became a national obsession.  One of the many merchants that emerged to meet this need, surfaced on Moore Avenue during this time.  This picture from around 1950 features Brown’s Auto Supply selling “any part for any car.” A closer look at their signage reveals that the store also sold refrigerators, radios and plenty of other products.

Editorial content, pictures and research background , compliments of Jimmy Haire and Images of America: Sanford and Lee County, by Jimmy Haire & W.W. Seymour, Jr, available here for purchase. All book proceeds go to Sanford’s Railroad House Historical Association, Inc.