“Purity Market 1012 High Street 1956 ”
Artist: James Geddes

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Purity Market 1956

This is the Purity Market located at 1012 High Street in Auburn.
The grand opening for the store was February 11th 1939.
The Quonset Hut structure boasted a 50 foot frontage on
High Street and the building was 95 feet deep.
The site was just up from the PG&E building on the
corner of Kenmass Ave. and High Street. At this
time the store was the most modern and largest in the Auburn area.

My drawing depicts a time when I accompanied my mom while
shopping. This would be about 1956. I can remember this
store was very busy and had everything a family could want.
They had the coldest drinking fountain in town as the water was
circulated around the commercial refrigeration and freezers.

In 1961 Lukens Hardware moved from their location on
Lincoln Way next to the Bank of California to the Purity Grocery
location on High Street. Lukens had been at their Lincoln Way
location since 1912. The Purity Market moved into the new shopping
center on Highway 49 near E.V. Cain School. Auburn was growing rapidly which
spawned Palm Market, the Cardinal Store which became Safeway and
Alpine Market shortly after.

James Geddes