top story editor's pick 11 things every Decaturite gets nostalgic for Jul 13, 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Updated Jul 13, 2020 0 Joyland Amusement Park. Cruisin' Eldo. Elam's Root Beer. How many of these do you remember? Boat races 1992: Three 5-litre class hydroplane boats all bear down on the starting line in a finals race on the third day of the Grand National Hydroplane competition on Lake Decatur. H&R file photo Carnegie Library The old Decatur Public Library building at 457 N. Main St. The iconic building was torn down in 1972.Click here for more about the building. Tops Big Boy Tops Big Boy was at 141 E. Pershing Road. Read more here. Joyland 1963: Chester Bradley applies a fresh coat of paint to the miniature Wabash train. It ran at Decatur’s Joyland, which operated from 1963 to 1975. Kids could enjoy the train and a handful of other rides for only $2.50. Fariview Park bears The bears of Fairview Park are shown. The animals were a park staple for six decades. Lincoln Square Theatre The Lincoln Square Theatre is at 141 N. Main St. and opened in 1916. Read more here. Holiday shopping in downtown In this November 1977 file photo, the snow started falling the day after Thanksgiving. Shoppers in downtown Decatur hurry to take cover. Cruising Eldo 1983: Cruisers on 19th St. having just left McDonalds on East Eldorado. They are preparing to turn west and start the cruise over. H&R file photo Elam’s Edward and Geneva Whalen sold this root beer and custard stand at 824 W. Eldorado St. to Robert E. and Carlin H. Elam, who renamed it Elam's Root Beer, in 1954. K Merchandise Mart The Decatur-based retailer K’s Merchandise at one point had 17 locations. The 'C' of the Citizens National Bank Building The lighted "C" atop the Citizens National Bank Building is shown. The letter came down in 1990. 0 comments Related to this collection +8 Government & Politics After years of population decline, Decatur is annexing hundreds of properties. Here's why. Updated Jan 22, 2020 6 min to read City leaders are looking to stem a possible population loss in the upcoming U.S. Census by bringing more properties into Decatur limits through annexation. Local Flashback: Elam's served up tenderloins, fries and frosty mugs of root beer Updated Oct 25, 2020 The legendary drive-in restaurant eventually known as Elam's first opened at 824 W. Eldorado St. in 1954.