2013-01-11 / Community

A Window on the Past

The Oxbow Diner
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


This photo from the 1950s shows the Oxbow Diner in South Portland. The city’s historical society would like more information about the diner for its records. (Courtesy photo) This photo from the 1950s shows the Oxbow Diner in South Portland. The city’s historical society would like more information about the diner for its records. (Courtesy photo) Our Window on the Past this week again comes from a collection of photographs brought to us by John Plunkett and Lou Maguire. This image is believed to be circa 1954 showing the building once occupied by the Oxbow Diner at 174 Main St.

Conrad and Hazel Feroci started a business around 1949 in this building. The business was at first known as the Oxbow Snack Bar and the name was changed about a year later to the Oxbow Diner. Not much else is known about the diner and we would love to hear from anyone who remembers it. We would also like some confirmation that this photograph does actually show the Oxbow. In the photo taken last week, we can see that the building is gone and has been replaced by the businesses and parking lots located at 172 Main St. and 176 Main St.


The site of the former diner is now occupied by parking lots and other businesses. (Courtesy photo) The site of the former diner is now occupied by parking lots and other businesses. (Courtesy photo) If you have any memories or other information about the Oxbow Snack Bar or Diner, we hope that you will contact the South Portland Historical Society at 767- 7299, sphistoricalsociety@maine.rr.com, or on Facebook at South Portland Historical Society.

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