Huntington Beach Then & Now: Fourth Of July Parade, 1951

THEN // The Fourth of July parade in Huntington Beach, 1951. The young boy, dressed as Uncle Sam, rides a decorated horse along Walnut nearing Main. Harry S. Truman is President. The new Hitchcock thriller "Strangers on a Train" is playing at a movie theater just around the corner, and Nat King Cole's "Too Young" tops the radio charts.

NOW // It's that rare stretch of downtown Huntington Beach where all of the buildings still remain. The Helme-Worthy House, seen at right, was built in the 1880s and moved to the corner of Walnut and Sixth. By mule. The large building at left, once part of the family furniture factory, is still in the Worthy family. Everything lines up, more than 60 years later. Savor it. You never know when things might change.

"Huntington Beach Then & Now" is a weekly HB evolution series inspired by HB-based author Chris Epting's 2007 book "Huntington Beach (CA) (Then & Now)." 

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