It's hard to to remember what you had for lunch yesterday, let alone businesses that existed over 100 years ago.

Johnstown, Colorado, was the vision of Harvey Parish, in the early 1900's. You've probably driven on Parish Avenue in Johnstown; Parish named the town after one of his sons, John. Today, about 10,000-15,000 people live in Johnstown; many, many less lived there back in the 1920's.

Though small, Johnstown had to have been busy enough to at least have a barber shop, long ago. How long was this particular barber shop open, is unknown, but we can put a determination that it wasn't open in 1922. The Greeley Tribune recently posted one of their 'This Day in Greeley 100 Years Ago," articles; in it, I found a little blurb about a little barber shop.

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The blurb stated that a couple had moved to Johnstown and purchased a two-chair barber shop that they would be turning into their home. It was just a very innocuous statement, but it brought a few questions to mind, here 100 years later:


  • How long had the building not been a barber shop before they bought it?
  • What was the name of that barber shop?
  • Did it sill look like a barber shop after they finished with their changes?
  • Where in Johnstown was the barber shop/home located?


Maybe I'm just too curious, by nature, but I'd love to have been able to see both that old barber shop and the home it became. My instincts tell me that not only would it be nearly impossible to figure where the location was, but that there's nothing that remains of that building anymore, anyway.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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