When was this picture taken? This picture was sent to us many years ago and unfortunately, I'm not quite sure who sent it. For me, this picture sums up what I love about our town. This picture was likely taken some 50+ years ago in a time when Milford's population was probably about a third of what it is today. Though Milford was experiencing a lot of growth in those days, it was still small enough where you knew most everyone in town. Fast-forward all those years to today. Buildings, automobiles, and landscapes change over the years and you surely dont "know everyone in town" any more, but when we have events like our parades or Pumpkin Festival or even Christmas craft fair day, the sense of community pride, the atmosphere, and the excitement of residents coming together around the oval remains the same today!
Back in the 1940s through 1960s, small town Information booths were a common sight. Milford had one that sat in the Oval area and people traveling through Milford could stop to get directions, NH tourist maps and guides, or even a friendly suggestion on where to have lunch or dinner. Back in those days the Route 101 bypass that today routes traffic around Milford didn't exist. Back then, Amherst St and Elm St were part of Route 101, the main East-West road in southern NH. That main thoroughfare ran right through the oval.
Though it surely doesnt seem like it was that long ago, it has been more than 13 years since the Milford Pizza Hut on the west end of town shut down for good. Pizza Hut was located on the lot next to the original location of Contemporary Chrysler on the west end of town on Elm Street. Searching through the Milford Cabinet archives, the earliest reference I can find to Milford's Pizza Hut is from early 1975. In addition, a Cabinet article from November of 1975 references "The new Pizza Hut Restaurant".