Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This post remains in the archive to document the Fairgrounds Branch industry research journey. I've since learned that Columbia Bedding was an active business on Roanoke Road since at least 1949 but closed in 1962 In the span of time since the company has been out-of-business, the property ownership has changed hands and the buildings they once occupied have been rearranged. In my modeled era of the 1970s, Motor Parts Distributors occupied these buildings.
Columbia Bedding had its spot in Fairgrounds branch history confirmed by this Sanborn Map source. One oddity is that these businesses were assigned addresses on Roanoke Rd despite them being east of the Frisco right-of-way. Columbia Bedding was apparently a precursor to today's more-well-known Simmons Bedding Company, though I'm only gleaning that from the snippet that Google shows in search results. The link referenced doesn't retrieve any content, possibly because a login of some kind is needed. To quote the Google: "......2003 Changed name from Columbia Bedding, April 29, 2003 LLC to ..."