Saturday, September 20, 2014
It's time for more random California views on today's "Anything Goes" Saturday.
In the 1920's, a lake in the San Berardino mountains then known as "Little Bear Lake" was renamed "Lake Arrowhead", and developers built a town that was intended to evoke the charm of an old European village - like one might find in Switzerland or Austria. Among those buildings was this cute little post office (photo is circa 1959). When I tried to find a photo of how it looks today, I was surprised to find out that the local fire departments of San Bernardino County deliberately burned the village (with the exception of the "Casino") to the ground in April, 1979 because of deterioration. Dry rot? Termites? Hippies? New buildings replaced the old ones, of course, but it's just not the same.
Some of you may recognize this family (or at least the boy's t-shirt)… they have popped up on this blog several times over the years, including the very first post back in May, 2006. You can also see them here and here, and probably a few other times as well. Anyway, I like this photo from Santa Catalina, one of the larger (but not the largest) of California's Channel Islands. At only 20-some miles from San Pedro harbor, it is a popular destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. In this photo, mom and her two kids are joined by Grandma on that cool little red (electric powered?) three-wheeled runabout.
I have very little information about this picture, except that it is from 1960 and shows a small restaurant ("Grethels Cafe") in Victorville; It is only about 20 miles north of Lake Arrowhead, but instead of tree-covered mountains, Victorville is at the edge of the Mojave Desert. In other words, it is hot. I even tried to use "Bud's Garage" as a clue (see the sign to the right), and found mentions of it, but no address, so I was unable to get a "then and now" picture. Still, I love the "out in the middle of nowhere" feeling of this photo!