For 43 years, this sign marked the entrance to Shoppers World.
Shoppers World was the first shopping mall to open east of the Rockies, beaten in the final stages of construction by a mall in the Pacific Northwest.
Newly completed construction of the Massachusetts Turnpike made the location easy to reach, so shoppers no longer felt confined to the city.
When its iconic dome was torn down in 1994 to give way to a modern shopping plaza, Framingham’s historic landmark was not fully forgotten. A new exhibit remembering the mall, “Shoppers World, 1951-1994,” can be now viewed at the Framingham History Center’s Edgell Memorial Library through Sept. 30.