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A town on two levels


You’ve probably shopped at the University Town Centre part of Granville—but have you visited its historical Main Street, 1,000 feet below?

Every June in the 1950s and ’60s, the Thomas Joyland Shows lit up Granville’s Main Street. It was all a carnival can be: the smells and tastes of fried fair food, the strains of uptempo music, the calls of hawkers peddling their sideshows and games and rides. People came from counties all around. 

“We’d always save our money up for Saturday, because then it was 10 cents a ride,” Granville Town Councilman David Bean remembers. “You could ride 10 rides in a day. That was something.” 

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