Sometimes when out and about I stumble across a neat sign or abandoned building, a place really cool to look at, but perhaps not much more than that and doesn’t need a blog post all to itself. This is always the case with road trips, so today I bring you a round up of some interesting sites and great neon in my last post from our Bay Area road trip. Enjoy!
Barnsdall-Rio Grande Gas Station and Wheeler’s Restaurant 7825 Hollister Avenue, Goleta. Abandoned.
The stunning Art Deco meets Spanish Revival remains of the very first Barnsdall-Rio Grande Oil Company gas station rests up against a beachside golf course and behind chainlink fence. A faded and tilting sign notes the building’s significance, and that it was used in the film The Postman Always Rings Twice. You can see it in action here.
Sunset Drive-In 255 Elks Lane, San Luis Obispo. Operational.
Located across the freeway from the iconic Madonna Inn, the Sunset Drive-In is still operating, and I hope to go to a movie there sometime in the future when we stay at the Madonna Inn, which we have been planning to do ever since we moved here!
River Lodge Motel 1955 Theatre Drive, Paso Robles. Appeared to be being renovated.
I was amused and confused by this small neon sign, which read “Jesse’s” in painted letters on one side with neon over the top reading “Jaime’s.” I also loved the wooden drinks with Js on them that surrounded the outside.
Fox Theater 241 S. Main Street, Salinas. Operational as a local entertainment venue.
Originally opening as the T & D Theatre in November of 1921, this stunning Art Deco theatre was sold in 1930 to Fox, and then renamed and remodeled. Today it operates as a venue for live performances and event rentals.
Former bank building 301 Main Street, Salinas. Undergoing renovation.
Pub’s Prime Rib/Growers Pub 227 Monterey Street, Salinas. Operational.
El Sombrero Motel 210 Abbott Street, Salinas. Operational.
Marin Joe’s 1585 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera. Operational.
Goodman’s Hardware Building Supply 775 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley. Operational.
Coddingtown Shopping Center. 733 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. Operational.
This towering Googie spire features a rotating sign, reading “Codding” on one side, and “Town” on the other, luring in people to mall that first opened in 1962.
Doggie Dinner head, corner of Sloat Boulevard and 45th Avenue, San Francisco.
Once upon a time, dozens of these comical dog chefs dotted the Bay Area, but today just this lone one remains on display, standing as a reminder of the old Doggie Diners, a local fast food chain that started in 1948. The last one closed in 1986, and after much debate, this one doggie head was restored. Today the chain is attempting to be revived, and you can purchase t-shirts and mugs featuring the iconic dachshund.
We pulled over to Beep’s literally two minutes before they closed on our last night in town. I do hope to return one day, as this burger joint has been operating since 1962, and boy what a sign!
Fox Theater 1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland. Operational as a local entertainment venue.
While I’ve wanted to do a Bay Area trip for awhile now, our main reason for going was to see Orville Peck perform at Oakland’s Fox Theater. This stunning theater opened as a movie palace in October 1928 and closed in 1966. Falling victim to arson, water damage, it was lovingly restored and reopened in 2009 as a live entertainment venue.
I hope you enjoyed! I can’t wait to get back out on another road trip!