This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A large masonry and concrete indoor / outdoor shopping mall. There were several anchor stores, J.C. Penny, Montgomery Ward, Woolworths and even a Sanger Harris. Several remote buildings too a tire store, an exposition hall and a bowling alley.
Type: Building Status: Demolished Accessibility: Easy Recommendation: not very exciting; depressing if you've shopped there.
Big Town Boulevard
United States Owner:
Lots of doors, some of which may open. The only two shops that still exist are a discount off-price women's shoe store (pretty good selection, if you're into cheap shoes) and a furniture store. The shoe store is located where a portion of Woolworth's was - There are still signs inside the shoestore that show where particular sections of Woolworth's had been.
UPDATE APRIL 29: this has changed no active business in the mall proper only the bowling alley remains open its in a separate building
24 hour guard
UPDATE: extra patrols by Mesquite PD, Bigtown security (small white pickup truck and late model silver Chevy pickup
Built: 1958 Closed: 1989
Big Town was the first enclosed, air conditioned mall west of the Mississippi. It was the place to be. Big Town had your typical mall stores - Woolworth's, JC Penny, Dillards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Radio Shack, a Hallmark store, and according to one local historian, a "kicka$$ plus-size clothes store."
As a shopper in this time period, you had two options - The much busier, more crowded Town East Mall, or the more personable Big Town. As more shoppers preferred Town East, and as this region of Mesquite declined, slowly but surely, stores started pulling out of Big Town.
The interior of the mall was pretty swanky - The walls contained murals of people that were very dated, yet very cool. There were your typical lamposts and benches, typical of just about any mall.
The movie theater was a pretty swingin' place, too. Weekends were packed, and judging from the decor of the front entranceway, it was designed in the same funky-modern (which is now, of course, retro) way as the mall. At one point, after a remodeling, there were jungle animals hanging from the walls.. A lion, a King Kong.. Things of that nature.
As of November of 2004, the mall was technically still alive, thanks to an offprice shoe store and a furniture shop. The shoe store stood where Woolworth's once was. Woolworth's sign for checkout line 1 was still visible, as were a few other remnants. These stores were only accessible from outside - The interior corridors were closed.
UPDATE APRIL 28 2006 by 2X: interior demolition has begun, drove by today Mesquite FD was on site putting out a fire. See new gallery and story coming soon.
UPDATE AUGUST 1 2006 by 2X: two giant Komatsu tracked excavators have begin hacking away at the old corpse of a mall now. I saw 50% of the Sanger Harris structure knocked down and scraped into the flooded basement in less than 30min
UPDATE 9/10/06 by the ruralexploration kids: There isn't much left. A portion of Montgomery Wards remains.. Some rubble stands where the movie theater once was... And the Monkey Wards Auto Center is just starting to die.