Freeportians Reveal What They Miss The Most About Freeport

Freeport – If you happen to have lived in Freeport for any length of time, chances are you’ve been able to experience one of Freeport’s beautiful parks, taken a walk through downtown for a coffee or latte’ or some shopping, enjoyed the occasional trip to the movies, a walk or bike ride on the new trails, and chances are you’ve been able enjoy a nice evening dinner at any one of Freeport’s fine local family owned restaurants.

Odds are Freeport has been filled with many great memories of your own little spots and places around town that you enjoy, perhaps even love – to at times finding yourself saddened as you think back to other moments and places, that have slowly faded out of existence.

It’s a weird thing about a town isn’t it. We talk so much about family and how much it means to us, our parents, siblings, friends, even distant cousins and they all do, yet the buildings around us, the landscapes, the walkways, areas and favorite hangout places that are also a part of us, are often just silently held to ourselves until one day, we realize they’re all gone.

Earlier this month I put out a poll and asked viewers, the following question. In your time in Freeport, what is one thing that “used to” be here that you miss? Chime in.

And chime in you did.

Before we look under the hood though there’s one little thought I’d like you to keep in mind. While there are memories here that we all share, the new businesses, places, new hangouts, new landscapes that are here, (as well as the historical ones that are still here) will make a new set of city sights and memories for another generation after us, just as these make up our own now. While we all miss many things here, items that weren’t mentioned were things like Rawleigh, Burgess Battery, Milk/Grocery Delivery, Henney Car Company, the Railroad, my tribes Reservation, etc…

Also, some people said they miss family members. It’s not hard to imagine in another time people may have even said their horses too. To further that point as you reminisce the list, realize there could also come a day when we ask the same question (In your time in Freeport, what is one thing that “used to” be here that you miss) and Wal-Mart makes the list. Or, perhaps all this moving forward, was actually moving backwards. Just some things to keep in mind.

To the numbers, the topic itself reached 3,391 people. Not too shabby. It had 163 Likes and 131 Comments. Also, 1,201 of you clicked on it. If you think in terms of numbers, 131 comments sounds like an awful lot of things we miss in Freeport. While the list over the years is quite extensive, keep in mind some people said the same thing multiple times as well as some included multiple things they miss in one comment.

So, I took it upon myself to compile all your Freeport “most missed list” into a consolidated view of all the things we miss the most. Next to each are the number of total likes each item received. In other words, if someone wrote that they missed A&W and 10 people liked it, it counted as 11. If someone else said A&W and 5 people liked that, that’s another 6. (5+1 who posted it) At the end of the itemized list we included any general comments or special times people miss also.

Needless to say this is quite a somber look into Freeport’s past. Thank you all for participating. Enjoy. 🙂

What Freeport Residents
Miss The Most About Freeport

  • When the Lincoln mall was actually a mall – 44
  • A&W – 44
  • The Sizzle Shop – 36
  • Golden Corral – 30
  • Freeport Raceway Park – 27
  • Emmerts Drug Store (and fountain) – 28
  • Roy’s Fountain – 4
  • The Unicorn on Stephenson St – 27
  • Pizza Shack – 27
  • Tutty Baker Days – 25
  • Jimmy Lee’s Japanese Restaurant – 24
  • Spurgeons – 23
  • Woolworth’s – 17
  • Mega Zone- 16
  • Spaghetti Basketti – 16
  • E&W – 16
  • Jupiters – 16
  • Grants – 16
  • Tiny Tots – 16
  • My parents or other deceased family members – 14
  • The roller skating rink – 13
  • The way Krape Park used to be – 10
  • Food Bonanza – 10
  • Fullertons Bakery – 9
  • Hardees – 8
  • Kmart – 8
  • Bemis Drive In – 7
  • The Old Courthouse – 7
  • The Trolley – 7
  • Lang ‘ s Garden Center – 7
  • Dances at the Masonic Temple for teens – 5
  • MicroSwitch – 3
  • Newell – 3
  • Kelly Springfield – 3
  • General Casualty – 3
  • Met Life – 3
  • Youngs Restaurant – 3
  • Bergners – 3
  • The Cornucopia – 3
  • The Pop Dock – 2
  • Army Surplus Store – 2
  • The Germania – 2
  • The Old Sears at the Mall – 2
  • Twin Dragons – 2
  • Diamond Dave’s – 2
  • Esquire & Circle restaurants – 2
  • Schnitzel’s – 2
  • The Wine & Dine – 2
  • Fish And Chips – 2
  • A&P – 1
  • Jewel – 1
  • TGY – 1
  • Geri’s hamburgers – 1
  • F A Read Center when it was actually a dept store – 1
  • Alvy’s In-Between – 1
  • The Stone Seal by the Slide – 1
  • The Doughnut Shop on Stephenson close to Van Buren – 1
  • Fannie Mae Candies – 1
  • Messing & Becker – 1
  • Lanes Women’s Apparel – 1
  • The Star Bowl – it was way more than just a bowling alley – 1
  • Kresge’s – 1
  • Taxi Cab Service 24 hours a day, seven days a week – 1
  • Lee’s Grocery Store – 1
  • Tractor Pulls on Labor Day – 1
  • The Fair in August – 1
  • Totem Pole – 1
  • FMH Vendateria – Used to raid those machines as kids – 1
  • Arlen’s – 1
  • Borchers – 1
  • The Nickelodeon – 1
  • Sirloin Stockade – 1
  • The Hideaway – 1
  • Diamond Dave’s – 1
  • Both Eagle Supermarkets – 1
  • A 1 Pizza – 1
  • State Theatre – 1
  • Toboggon Run – 1
  • Urban Krave – 1
  • Klub Phenomenon – 1
  • Kreske’s soda fountain – 1
  • The Bus Route – 1
  • Empire St. Stop n Go – 1
  • Dog n Suds – 1

Comments and Other Special Things People Miss About Freeport

  • All the things that made the Freeport downtown busy – 17
  • Jobs good paying jobs – 14
  • I miss that when I was younger, we could drive downtown Main Street, and then up Stephenson St. and all the stores had Christmas “Scenes” and were all decorated. Sometimes, it was fun to park the car, and walk up or down the sidewalk to gaze thru the windows. – 9
  • A thriving Lincoln Mall. Especially Garrity’s and Ben Franklin Crafts – 5
  • A community of people who seemed happier and closer knit as I remember when I was a young man – 4
  • Cruising around downtown on weekends. Getting kicked out of one parking lot and goin to the other one. That was our Facebook back then. – 4
  • The plaza downtown, being able to sit down and visit or do people watching, having 2 bowling spots, 2 theaters – 4
  • On a Saturday night sitting on the steps of the beautiful old courthouse. Waiting for friends or guys to honk at us lol. – 3
  • Downtown shopping on Friday nights – 3
  • The 10 cent cherry or lemon cokes at the fountain at Emmerts – 2
  • Read Park’s ice rink on the little league field … The old stone wall surrounding that area – 1
  • Lee’s Grocery Store. Especially this time of year when they had the Santa on the Trapeze – 1
  • ALL the fun at Taylor Park! Ice skating, fireworks, circus and so much more – 1

 

And now we all sit in wonder as we ponder how so many places can disappear
when there are so many people here who still love them.

(with respect to family businesses who just didn’t have anyone to take over the business or other special circumstances)

One thought on “Freeportians Reveal What They Miss The Most About Freeport

  • August 29, 2018 at 7:07 am
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    I miss Freeport of old, 1956-1974. It was thriving, First McNess, Burgess, Micro (5 plants), Structo, PPI, Western Newell, etc. Montgomery Wards (down town), Messing &Becker, Peck’s News stand, Jupiters, and watching downtown mall get made (tearing up streets and revealing old trolley tracks. I miss Joes Grocery and Heidi’s on Oak St. Glick’s Triangle was good too! Stock Car racing every Sunday night and a real fair at the fair grounds.

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