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1951-1955 Explosive Growth

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            Welcome back to Forestville. Lots happened in the five years after the war ended, and the discovery of Oil in the area sparked a huge discovery expedition by Wallace Petroleum, a gas company. Also, Wal-Mart built their fifteenth store within the Forestville region. The first expansion resulted in twelve new housing developments, the streets seen below.

New Streets

Six months later, the lower class shacks were setup. 

Lower Class Shacks

Soon, they developed into dirty, filthy, apartment blocks, high in crime.

New York-style low wealth brick apartments

            The oil boom in the region brought WP (Wallace Petroleum) to the point where a oil tank complex had to be built to store their mineral wealth. To see the refinery, see entry 3.5 Spoiler Update.

oil, oil, everywhere!

Forestville Lumber Company was also expanding. Here are some loggers logging, well, trees.

Wilderness with trees and loggers

Below is the city in 1952, about midway through the initial explosive growth.

Forestville 1952

            The commerce boom in the area brought even more wealthy people, and they started building condominiums in the best parts of town.

Rich Buildings

            In 1951, a new suburb was established, and became a haven for High Tech industry. The suburb was named Alpine City.

High Tech Industry

            In 1954, a highway expansion went underway, due to large semi-truck levels on the small, two-lane road.

Rural Highway running through the trees

Finally, a composite picture of the Forestville region in 1952.

Region 1950

            Of course, this CJ entry would not be complete without a picture of a peculiar house in Alpine City, the site of the murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-murder-suicide deal, on Halloween 1951. The story was, kids would trick or treat there, and the local satanic cult would kidnap them, and sacrifice them, later throwing them in a pit. The cult did not reside there, they had to kill the owner first. People often hear unexplained screams, and there have been 23 owners since this picture was taken in 1955 on Halloween. The Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures show has a scheduled “lockdown” there in July of 2010. [Author’s note—Thanks to Pegasus for Poltergeist Manor, perfect for my CJ!]

PEG Poltergiest Manor

Next Entry: 1956-1962: Rise of the Suburbs

 

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