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I went back to Hazard for the weekend and happened to see the interior of the restaurant that now inhabits the space formerly occupied by Don's Restaurant and Watson's.

That was there when I was a kid in the 60's anyway. I started thinking about the truly fabulous place Don's was. I think that the floors were plain wood. I'm fuzzy on that, but I can visualize the rest of it. The stools were my favorite place to sit (although they were usually occupied!) I can remember going there when I was so small that I thought the stools were very scary and high. The french fries were my favorite treat, crinkly and fried to just the right color. It was even more fun watching the cook at the grill. I can remember sitting and thinking how I'd like my chance at flipping hamburgers.

Don's was historic. The history of Hazard was in the pictures on the walls. My father and his friends were always ready to tell the story of each picture (again and again). It was at Don's, not at school, that I learned of Oliver Hazard Perry and his link to the area. I can still picture Zeta Fouts there at the counter, always with a smiling welcome.

When I revisit this website, I can close my eyes and be again a school kid dropping by Don's after school for a plate of fries and a soda!
-- Suzy Vittitow


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Don's (opened in 1936)
This popular restaurant operated on Main Street for 50 years.  A look inside

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Squirrel Dinner
Don's Restaurant 1950s. Who can you identify in these pictures?


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Dinner and Meeting
Another photograph of patrons gathering during a meeting at the beloved Don's Restaurant

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Don's II
This shot, taken in the back of the restaurant, features banker, businessman Dewey Daniel

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Don's III
This view shows the old fashioned display cabinets before they were removed.  

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Fout's Drug
Classic interior of Fout's Drug Store. Customer at counter identified as T. J. Draughn.
photo: Clyde Bumgardner

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Bridge Repair 1958
This is the bridge that once spanned Memorial Drive and connected Broadway with Lyttle Blvd. Repairs to bridge that once connected Broadway with Lyttle Blvd in 1958. When it was originally constructed, it spanned a creek (Town Branch) and ravine

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Cabin on Lonely Mountain
This is how this photograph was originally labeled. Not know whether there is a place in Perry county called Lonely Mountain.
Courtesy Peoples Bank

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L & N Railroad Crew
The railroad has always played a significant role in the economy of this area.
Submitted by Gladys Melton

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Rexall Drug
Candid shot of group of men gathered in front of Hazard Rexall Drug.
courtesy Bobby Davis Park and Museum

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Senators on Parade
Thruston Morton and John Sherman Cooper ride in a horse and buggy driven by John "Flat" Williams" in this 1958 parade.
Courtesy Peoples Bank and Trust

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Downtown Blaze
Fire Fighters battle blaze that gutted the Virginia Theatre
July 31, 1963

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The Barbers
Carson Cornett and Bill Pelley between customers at their barber shop. Also, Army Surplus (opened 1958) and a Hazard bus.

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First TV Set
Mrs. E. J. Davis.
courtesty Peoples Bank

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Watching Television
Another early TV set photo. Elenor Cooke, O. J. Creech, & Elizabeth Warren watching in lobby of Peoples Bank

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Liberty Street High School
Basketball Team with principle Carl Walker and coach A. D. Puryear
courtesy Peoples Bank &Trust

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