In The Beginning...

THE FIRST MALLS IN THE 50 STATES

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A map showing locations of the first mall-type centers built in each of the fifty states. This depiction is subject to change when, and if, more accurate information is uncovered. By the way, locations given show the name of an area as it existed when each mall opened for business. 

1. Normandale Shopping City, Montgomery (1957*) 2. The Mall/Mall At Sears, Anchorage (1968) 3. Park Central Shopping City, Phoenix (1957) 4. Park Plaza, Little Rock (1960) 5. Lakewood Center, Lakewood (1951) 6. Cherry Creek Center, Denver (1954) 7. Connecticut Post Center, Milford (1960) 8. Blue Hen Mall, Dover (1968) 9. Sunrise Center, Fort Lauderdale (1954) 10. Stewart-Lakewood Center, Atlanta (1959*) 11. Moanalua Center, Honolulu (1954) 12. Karcher Mall, Nampa (1965) 13. Park Forest Plaza, Park Forest (1949) 14. Eastgate Center, Marion County (1957) 15. Merle Hay Plaza, Des Moines (1959) 16. White Lakes Mall, Topeka (1964) 17. The Mall/Mall St. Matthews, St. Matthews (1962) 18. Lakeside Center, Jefferson Parish (1960) 19. Turnpike Mall, Augusta (1969) 20. Mondawmin Center, Baltimore City (1956) 21. Shoppers' World, Framingham (1951) 22. Northland Center, Oakland County (1954) 23. Southdale Center, Edina (1956) 24. Edgewater Plaza Shopping City, Biloxi (1963) 25. Antioch Center, Kansas City (1956) 26. Holiday Village Center, Great Falls (1962*) 27. The Center, Omaha (1955) 28. Charleston Plaza, Las Vegas (1963*) 29. Nashua Mall & Plaza, Nashua (1969) 30. Princeton Center, Mercer County (1954) 31. Winrock Center, Albuquerque (1961) 32. Cross County Center, Yonkers (1954) 33. Charlottetown Mall, Charlotte (1959) 34. South Forks Plaza, Grand Forks (1964) 35. Westgate Center, Fairview Park (1954) 36. Penn Square, Oklahoma City (1960) 37. Lloyd Center, Portland (1960) 38. Levittown Shop-A-Rama, Bucks County (1953) 39. Midland Mall, Warwick (1967) 40. Richland Mall, Forest Acres (1961) 41. Western Mall, Sioux Falls (1968) 42. Eastgate Center, East Ridge (1962) 43. Palms Center, Houston (1955) 44. Cottonwood Mall, Salt Lake County (1962) 45. Green Mountain Mall, St. Johnsbury (1974) 46. Seven Corners Center, Fairfax County (1956) 47. Northgate Center, King County (1950) 48. Middletown Mall, Marion County (1969) 49. Valley Fair Center, Winnebago County (1954) 50. White Mountain Mall, Rock Springs (1978) 
*Original strip center expanded into a mall 


THE FIRST ENCLOSED REGIONAL MALLS

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Establishing exactly "who came first" enclosed mall-wise is difficult. I've seen malls built as late as the 1970s cited as being "one of the first in the USA". Say what? Anyway, as far as I can determine (taking everything into consideration), this map and list indicates the ten earliest fully-enclosed (and regional-class) malls in the United States. Again, locations given show the name of an area as it existed when each mall opened for business. 

1. Southdale Center, Edina, MN (October 8, 1956)
2. Harundale Mall, Anne Arundel County, MD (October 1, 1958)
3. Big Town Mall, Mesquite, TX (February 26, 1959)
4. Charlottetown Mall, Charlotte, NC (October 29, 1959)
5. Eastwood Mall, Birmingham, AL (August 25, 1960)
6. Crossroads Center, Omaha, NE (September 10, 1960)
7. Sunset Center, Amarillo, TX (September 15, 1960)
8. North Star Mall, San Antonio, TX (September 23, 1960)
9. Crossroads Mall, Roanoke County, VA (July 27, 1961)
10. Rogers Plaza, Wyoming, MI (August 3, 1961)