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Brilliant Main Street

Shared by former Brilliant resident Jim E. Dickinson, this photo shows snow on Main Street in Brilliant during the late 1940s.
“There were six locations on Main Street where one could purchase gasoline on the one-fourth mile strip (upper Main Street to lower Main Street),” Dickinson stated. “Coming from the west, the first business one would come to was a small convenience store with gasoline pumps owned by Tom and Molly Self. The wood frame building had a large banquet room on the second floor. It was always rented out to two local groups: the Order of the Eastern Star and the local Masonic lodge. The entrance to the second floor can be seen in the photo.
“At a farther distance in the same photo, one can see an automobile parked in front of another building. This would be Ora Self’s Cafe, one of four restaurants on Main Street in the 1940s.”
Local town kids on the sled are, from back to front, Jim Dickinson, Corbie Self, Doris Dickinson, Dorothy Hinz and Kathryn Hinz.


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