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The Bismarck-Mandan Dictionary

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Main Avenue as seen from 2nd Street.
Main Avenue as seen from 2nd Street.
Main Avenue, once home to Bismarck's primary shopping destination, is the main road serving downtown Bismarck. Main Avenue runs eastbound from Liberty Memorial Bridge to far eastern Bismarck, where it continues as Highway 10.

At one time, the area near Liberty Memorial Bridge was also a booming area, with a renowned Holiday Inn, A&W Rootbeer, and several other businesses. A&W and the Holiday Inn closed years ago, however two car lots remain in the area, including the nation's oldest Chrysler dealer, Corwin-Churchill Motors.

Prior to the typical decay of downtown Bismarck, Main Avenue, which ran parallel with the Northern Pacific Railway, was the main retail hub, with national retailers that included Sears, Montgomery Ward, Woolworth's, and JCPenney.

Speed: 25 MPH (west of 26th)
# Lanes: Four (west of 26th)
Intersections: Washington Street1, Third Street, Fourth Street, Fifth Street, Seventh Street, Ninth Street, Airport Road, Twenty-Sixth Street
Destinations: Peacock Alley, Fiesta Villa, Miscellaneous Retailers & Businesses, Burger Time, Big Boy

*Intended for reference only, not intended to provide complete listing

1Washington Street does not bisect with Main Avenue, and instead passes over Main Avenue