BY MARY GARRISON
The landscape in West Point has changed dramatically in the last 50 years, but there are those in the community working to make sure the “good ol’ days” are not forgotten with the “Memories of growing up in West Point, MS” Facebook page.
It’s about more than nostalgia, though. Cynthia Wilson, director of the West Point Growth Alliance and page originator, said she hopes to use the page as a tool in promoting the community, particularly in the downtown area, to facilitate economic growth.
“So many people come through West Point and they never see anything past (Highway) 45,” Wilson said. “The biggest challenge we have is getting people off the beaten path to come down and see our downtown.”
It’s something West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said could be an effective weapon in the city’s arsenal to revitalize the town and remember times past. The page features an extensive collection of photographs gathered from the Clay County Genealogy Group, “A Glimpse of West Point,” various news publications and Growth Alliance files to offer viewers a look at the city from as far back as the 1920s.
“The charm of the buildings and architecture, the care that most of the local business owners take in their buildings with some of the refurbishing … when we have visitors to West Point, they say ‘I had no idea you had such a charming downtown,’” Robinson said. “I think this could be very effective. We have no place to go but up in the growth of West Point.”
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