For years, I've been told that on the day in late November 1969, when the demolition of the General Worth Hotel was complete, the front page of the Register-Star carried a picture of then mayor Sam Wheeler standing in front of the rubble, with a caption that read: "Progress!" I've never been able to find that picture.
Today, as the demolition of the building that stood beside the General Worth for a hundred and thirty-two years and was probably there long before the General Worth was built in 1837, there was no one around to declare that this was progress of any kind. Instead, the damp, drizzly November day seemed to reflect everyone's feelings about the loss.
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