The Game Board

According to Wikipedia – “The Monopoly game board consists of forty spaces containing twenty-eight properties (twenty-two colored streets, four railroads and two utilities), three Chance spaces, three Community Chest spaces, a Luxury Tax space, an Income Tax space, and the four corner squares: GO, (In) Jail/Just Visiting, Free Parking, and Go to Jail.”

MaryAnn Lynch has created a monopoly of sorts in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. Purchasing properties, making improvements, trying to make it around to GO to get more money from the bank to buy even more properties. It is only fitting that she chose to name her acqusitions after the board game, even putting peices of the game into the buildings themselves.

To the right is a partial listing of her downtown properties, only some of which I have completed the postings with historical background.

A special thanks to the Google newspaper archive search service provided by The Saint Petersburg Times webportal

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727 10th Street North – Illinois

The property appraisers office shows a construction date of 1910.

This property showed up quite a bit in the Google newspaper archives and here are just a few of the stories and some spin offs from some of the former residents:

It was a popular meeting place for the “Clique” club in the 1930’s.

The Odom family of Odom’s shoe repair made this their home for a while,

in 1931 their daughter Kathryn did well in the 50 yrd dash at an Elk’s picnic,

Sam Odom celebrated his 4th birthday with much success and fanfare in 1929,

Chris Odom became a St. Petersburg police officer in 1937,

His brother Earl had some interesting ideas on womens shoes in the 1950’s.

Another resident Mrs. Mae Adams had a fantastic sounding peanut brittle recipe printed in The Evening Independent in 1934 !

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