January, 2018. This view from New Year’s Day of downtown Albion features the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel that will be opening soon. This design, by Maggie LaNoue, was created in commemoration of the 40 year anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978. An iconic photograph of that blizzard, that was in the Albion Recorder that year, was the inspiration for a Christmas card design that was offered at the Storyteller Bookstore.
Forty years later, the same basic view in 2018 includes the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, a renovated Bohm Theatre, and Kids ‘N’ Stuff, a Childrens’ Museum.
See more information about the Blizzard of ’78 including a color view of the old scene, and Wikipedia information about the magnitude of the storm.