A cartoon map of Fresno from 1980 has circulated on social media, evoking nostalgia and shock how the city once looked and how much it’s changed.
The map — drawn by Timothy L. Lowry and part of the David Rumsey Map Collection — details significant landmarks in Fresno back then.
Quite noticeable in the drawing is near the top of the map, which states “future houses” on the north side of Herndon Avenue.
Palm Avenue didn’t even extend beyond Herndon Avenue back then.
In addition, pretty much all of what’s considered northwest Fresno today was undeveloped and just fields of fig trees then.
Housing appeared to stop just a tad west of Van Ness Extension. Barstow Avenue didn’t even extend much farther west than Van Ness Extension.
There still was a Levitz furniture store in northwest Fresno off Shaw Avenue.
Also missing today, though a popular place then, was Roller Town, just west of Highway 99 on Clinton Avenue.
Sunset Drive Inn on the west side of town is also long gone. So is Bob’s Big Boy diner on Blackstone Avenue, which closed after 43 years in 2005.
Another interesting note on the map is a drawing at Clovis and Shaw avenues, titled “Future Super Mall.”
That’s where Sierra Vista Mall is now located.
There’s also a marking on the map that states “Future Freeway 41,” which eventually became a full-on freeway later in the 1980s.
The cartoon map had been re-tweeted 359 times and liked 784 times as of Wednesday night, and was popularly discussed on Reddit.com.
Miss the old days? Or glad Fresno has changed?