The Claycord Online Museum – The Old Nation’s on Contra Costa Blvd.

March 29, 2016 14:00 pm · 71 comments



Thanks to “Martinez Guy” for these great photos, which show the old Nation’s on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill. It was located next to a lot with a small burrito place (also pictured). Across the street was a Grand Auto store. This stood on Contra Costa Blvd. near where Crescent Plaza is currently located.

Anybody remember what it was before it was Nation’s?

Thanks again to “Martinez Guy”!

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Mac March 29, 2016 at 2:07 PM

I ate there so many times.
Both burgers & breakfast.

Growing up in Pleasant hill in the late 60`s / early 7o`s was awesome.

Use to be a pee wee golf course across the street from there too, back in the day….Then it was a Hot tub place years later…..Went there for both of those too

GoGo Gomez March 29, 2016 at 2:12 PM

Hahahaha and the old hottub place around the corner.

Ram Rod March 29, 2016 at 2:15 PM

I remember there was a Kragen Auto Parts in that plaza. Also a liquor store and Sangam Foods (Indian grocery store). Anyone have any pictures of those?

Original G March 29, 2016 at 2:25 PM

Thanks Mr Mayor. Brings back memories of us stopping off for breakfast then going onto the Good Guys car show in Pleasanton with my Son and my oldest Grandson years ago.

Jennifer March 29, 2016 at 2:46 PM

I used to LOVE that burrito place! Super cheap, super yummy! Great portions! So sad when that area got renovated and those little businesses got torn down.

Mr. Pink March 29, 2016 at 3:20 PM

wasn’t there a tropical fish store and a bowling alley at that end of CC blvd also?

Mika March 29, 2016 at 3:33 PM

I loved old Pleasant Hill! I remember when the burrito place used to be an ice cream parlor.

Before my Time March 29, 2016 at 3:34 PM

I vaguely remember Guitar Center being there, but again, that was before my time. I moved to Walnut Creek in ’86…

Nick March 29, 2016 at 4:10 PM

I worked at Nations in Walnut Creek, and ate at the PH location as a teenager. My sister worked at the tropical fish store, and was fired for refusing to clean out the tanks. I used to bowl at PH Lanes, or whatever they called it. My wife and I enjoyed the outdoor hot tubs. Got my concert tickets at The Wherehouse on CC Blvd. Wow.

tweekers suck March 29, 2016 at 4:11 PM

Those were the days, before the stupid city decided to tear everything down and put up a stupid crescent plaza. Nations was delicious, Guitar Center was fun. Then there was the fish store, bowling alley, thrift store, tv repair place, car parts store… screw development. That new “shopping plaza” has no history or character. Also Nation’s burgers don’t taste as good as in the old location.

Frambley1 March 29, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Does anyone remember the old bike shop? And behind it there was big oak tree covered with bicycle innertubes? Seems like it would have been located about where the movie theatre is now. It would be cool to see a picture of that.

Native March 29, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Takes me back to when they had the best burgers and pies.

Chester E. Kitty March 29, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Great picture!! The only other stores I remember over that way were a Standard Brand Paints, a bowling alley, a Payless, an old drive in theatre where Safeway is now and that’s about it!

Mika March 29, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Where was the Where house?

GuardianOfTheGalaxy March 29, 2016 at 4:45 PM

If you don’t know, that Mexican Burritos place is awesome. They’re on Monument now like it says in the picture. Best wet burritos I’ve ever had!

Frito Bandito March 29, 2016 at 5:15 PM

The Man sitting in the chair appears to be a Mariachi Member holding a white semi-auto Pistola!

GregTheElder March 29, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Mexican burritos had the best refried beans. They had what was basically a glass display case with heated trays right where you ordered. Seeing all that simmering Mexican goodness in front of you while you tried to order a burrito, I remember how difficult it was not to order some of everything. We used to grab burritos and walk back to my friends house before they tore it down to make room for crescent. Remember all the old houses back there?

Silva March 29, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Yep. And the hot tub place with Dr. Bonners soap.

Julio March 29, 2016 at 6:16 PM

MAC, growing up in Pleasant Hill in the 40’s and 50’s was the best of all worlds. Wish the kids of today knew the real world and were not stuck with their faces in a phone. I know it is the real world to them but if they only knew.

A great day was riding my bike from Grayson Rd and Strand Avenue all the way to the top of Mt. Diablo and come flying back down!

Shirley Wilson March 29, 2016 at 6:28 PM

It was once “Winston’s Burgers” and they were delicious. The street just next door was Trelany Lane where we lived in 1949 with my sister. Trelany had a huge oak tree right in the middle of the street where it came off Contra Costa Blvd. The odd thing is when they built the Crescent center Trelany became non existent except a little strip behind Micheal’s going to Gregory Lane. Trelany was never in that direction, it went straight through and dead ended at Cleveland. 16 years ago my son moved to Wheeling West Virginia and the few times he came home to visit he always wanted to go to Nations. He was disappointed when it moved across Contra Costa but he was still happy to walk into Nations, he would inhale deeply and say “AH, Nations!” I bought him a Nations shirt each time they came out with a new one and sent it to him. Scott passed away one year ago in January 2015. I get tears in my eyes now when I pass Nations.

Shirley Wilson March 29, 2016 at 6:36 PM

GregTheElder. Those houses sound like Trelany Lane. My sister and brother bought houses next door to each other just after WWll. Brother had his shingled in awful green shingles. Sister had white rose trellis’s in front of hers. This was long before they cut Trelany through to Cleveland. Sad they tore them all down but glad I drove my sister by there to see her old house a few years before she passed away. She was surprised at how tiny the houses were. I remember when we came to live with her in 1949 and thinking the house was huge. We had only lived in apartments before then.

P H Kid March 29, 2016 at 7:14 PM

On that corner of Trelaney and C.C.B.
back in the late 50’s and early 60’s there
was a used car lot.Then came Nation’s.
After Nation’s left it continued for awhile
as a hamburger seller called “Winston’s”.
Around the corner on Trelaney was
“The Bug Stop”. The bicycle shop called
“Monument Cyclery” was a block south on
the corner of Monument and C.C.B.
Many family operations were forced to
relocate when Pleasant Hill developed
the area.
Anyone remember:
Gay 90’s Pizza.
Farmer Joe’s.
A&W Rootbeer.
The Knotty Pine.
Hobby Town
The Greyhound Bus Depot.
The Brass Lamp.
Straw Hat Pizza.
The batting range.
……..and many more!

Pleasant Hill was much more
family friendly and had more
character before they redeveloped.

Thanks for the Memories March 29, 2016 at 7:36 PM

I actually worked there before it was Nation’s. I knew it as Dandy’s and Saints.
Not sure of the order. It was just a few buildings down and across Thomas Ln. from the Monument Bowl, the auto junk yard, the Greyhound bus station,
a local pub (The Back Door) and the little grocery/liquor store at the corner Contra Costa Blvd and Boyd Rd. This was around 1963/1964. Things sure have changed.

Ancient Mariner March 29, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Yes, Frambley1,
I remember the bike shop.
I remember the Greyhound station and the thrift shop.
There was a car parts store facing CCB – I think it was a Western Auto Parts, later Kragen (anybody ???).
The first Monument Car Parts was on the east side of CCB, a quick right coming off 680 northbound. Then they moved to the east side somewhere down Trelany. Now they’re in Pacheco.

Miriam March 29, 2016 at 9:34 PM

I remember the nation’s burger, best hash browns in town. Eggs over easy with sausage, toast and jelly.

Check out the guy drinking a budwiser, is that breakfast or what?

bubbles March 29, 2016 at 9:35 PM

In the 70’s early 80’s was Evies burgers. Was a popular place the cruising cars ended up at on Fri/Sat nights with car hop service with girls on roller skates. Also the drive in where Safeway shopping center is now.

3rd generation p hill March 29, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Takes me back !
What about the old el taco on contra costa
At the time was next to straw hat
Had orange and yellow booths
Or. The bedroom furniture store. Northern end of
Contra costa close to where harbor freight
Is now! Remember as a kid climbing on all the
Waterbeds they had set up!

3rd generation p hill March 29, 2016 at 9:45 PM

Will take it back even farther
The atchinson American car dealership
Was at the corner of contra costa and
Monument .

carolhern March 29, 2016 at 10:01 PM


The Wherehouse was in the shopping center where Nations is today (I can’t remember what that center is called). If i’m not mistaken, Nation’s today is part of what was the Wherehouse.

mohairs March 29, 2016 at 10:10 PM

i remember spending lots of time in The Wherehouse – where we’d get concert tickets! and i bought my mountain bike at the bike store which was in the same shopping center with the fish store and bowling alley. the bike store was right on that corner where Border’s used to be – i think it’s a golf store now.

3rd generation p hill March 29, 2016 at 10:30 PM

The wherehouse was to the left of the current
Nations ( if your facing contra costa)
Currently houses a small bank or jeweler/gold
Type of business!
Bought many cassette tapes in there !

3rd generation p hill March 29, 2016 at 10:34 PM

Re ancient mariner number 24
The car part store was called grand auto!
Was next to a old shell gas station !

Kenji March 29, 2016 at 11:05 PM

This is fun, keep reminiscing, you old-timers!

Willis March 29, 2016 at 11:48 PM

Evies, Bug Stop, Quonset huts, drag racing/cruising CCB and midnight movies at the mall. Simpler times, no Internet, no cell phones. This was a time when the crime of the evening was loud exhaust on my GTO.

J. March 30, 2016 at 1:53 AM

A few tidbits:
* At the Monkey Wards center there was a Mayfair Market that stayed open 24-hours.
* There was a Chicken Delight that delivered fried chicken
* Grand Auto was a big auto parts store at Monument a CC Blvd.
* Payless was a dry good store that had a nice selection of hardy plants out front
* There was an airfield across from Monkey Ward’s
* On Hookston Road there was Pearson Lumber that got their lumber right off the train tracks
* On Monument by the hot tub place there was Dick’s Lock and Key (a locksmith) who also sharpened hand saws, circular saw blades, chisels, knives, etc. It was owned by … Dick.
* Down by the PH post office was A&W root beer with car hops. You could cut through the back of their lot to get to the next street and there was a small slum there. It was weird. There was another such slum by the Best Little Donut House in Concord (downtown Concord). It looked like The Grapes of Wrath.
* Drive-in movie where Safeway is
* Crazy fast go-cart track on Monument Court (the east end of Monument). The owner would get huffy if you went too fast.
* Monument and Oak Grove was more commonly called “Four Corners”
* There was four gas stations at every intersection
* There was a Gulf Station where Taco Bell in PH is now. They passed out orange antenna balls if you qualified.
* There used to be stations called “Terrible Herbst” that sold cheap gas and had hydraulic lifts you could rent by the half hour to work on your car, but you had to bring your own tools
* Taylor’s Auto Wrecking was a large junk yard on Galindo by the Concord Police headquarters
* The Contra Costa County library was in a very tiny one room shack at the corner of Pleasant Hill Road and Oak Park Boulevard. Wikipedia says they started a big library expansion in 1958 but that is bollocks.
* Walnut Creek had a kids shoe store called “Senior’s Junior Boot Shop”
* There was a Cafeteria inside of Capwell’s in Walnut Creek called “Manning’s”
* Gay 90’s Pizza where Navlet’s (Sloat’s) is now was awesome pizza and fun games for the kids.
* Straw Hat Pizza on Main Street in Walnut Creek showed old time movies constantly in their back room
* Where Grocery Outlet in PH is now was called PX Market
* A kid climbed the tower at that shopping center once and jumped off
* Rexall Drugs where Play It Again Sports is now had 3-cent candy bars (full size)
* Back-seat seat belts, heaters, and radios were optional in cars. Wearing them was also optional. Nobody had shoulder belts. Air bags did not exist.
* A kid put his raft in the CC flood channel one winter and was never found
* Gregory Gardens flooded in 1963, even with the big flood canal
* People used to cruise Main Street (“The Main”) in WC, and CC Blvd in PH. Laws were enacted to stifle it. It was fun while it lasted. Who knows why. I enjoyed it. Once I brought a truckload of snow from Reno and we threw snowballs at everybody. Ha ha.

P Hill City a Councils to Blame March 30, 2016 at 6:44 AM

Government intervention, i.e. “Redevelopment,” always has a failed outcome for existing property and business owners. The end results are always marginal, at best. City Hall is the only winner with all of its new redistributed property tax revenue. Historically, P Hill City Council Members have worked hard to convert their once charming city into one big strip mall that they now call “Downtown.”

Mac March 30, 2016 at 6:52 AM

@ 19 Julio
My Dad lived in Pleasant Hill as a kid.
I loved hearing stories of how it only had a few houses back then.

I`ll say it again, Pleasant hill was a awesome place to grow up.
You have to have been there to know…..

Mac March 30, 2016 at 7:07 AM

@ 27
Loved El Taco Chips-n-cheese….Dang they were good

Mac March 30, 2016 at 7:11 AM

@ 28
I drive by there all the time with my family.
And I always say, Oh man the AMC dealership is gone.
I know my wife & kids are tired of hearing it….ha ha

That is why I don’t understand why so many people complain about the Dome being gone ?
Everything has changed….If you have been here for 56 years….ha ha

Babe March 30, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Nation’s was one of the best and well known places during my youth. We would hang out there just for the coconut cream pie. The person that ran the place really enjoyed our antics, we were very well behaved and was often given extra pie.

macawlady March 30, 2016 at 9:55 AM

All this reminiscing has got me to thinking…wasn’t there a Foster Freeze on Contra Costa Blvd. in the 60’s? I didn’t grow up here, but my father loved going for “Sunday Drives” and we would often come out this way. I seem to remember this, but maybe I’m wrong. Anyone?

Kirkwood March 30, 2016 at 9:59 AM

How about Rick’s Piano Bar?

StormRider March 30, 2016 at 10:02 AM

We loved the fries.

Mac March 30, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Foster Freeze was on Main street Walnut creek….after you came over the freeway from Pleasant hill on your left

macawlady March 30, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Thank you Mac. I’m old. Memory not what it was.

I also remember all the fruit orchards we used to drive through. Things certainly have changed!

Mac March 30, 2016 at 12:26 PM

I agree, macawlady….Things certainly have changed

And you are welcome.
I love talking old Pleasant hill/Concord/Walnut creek.

PH Kid March 30, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Evie’s was located in the old
A&W location. Across the street
from The Pleasant Hill Motor Movies
drive-in theater. If you couldn’t afford
the drive-in you could park across the
street in the Albertson’s lot and watch
the movie.
Remember the small train that went
around the screen and through a tunnel
for kids to ride before the movies started.
Foster Freeze was located on the
north side of Oak Park Blvd.
Remember Bud’s Pork Chop Sandwich
also off Oak Park Blvd.
In those days in Pleasant Hill a kid
could go bowling, play miniature golf,
go to A&W with your team after a game,
go to the drive-in movie, play pinball
machines at Caspers and I recall a slot
car track near the A&W.
Compare that amount of fun to what they
have to offer today.
We also use to ride out bikes out to
the walnut groves near Bancroft and
get work picking up walnuts off the ground
for 25 cents a bucket. Our fingers would
be stained black, but we had $ in our
pockets. We learned the value of working
at a young age. Also made money soliciting
subscriptions to the Concord Dailey Transcript
newspaper. We went door to door trying to get orders.
Was payed the huge sum of 25 cents an
order in every town except Martinez.
They gave us 50 cents an order there
because it was considered a “Tough Town”.

Fil March 30, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Sir kirkwood….?
Ricks piano bar would that have been on the north east corner of Contra Costa Blvd. and Monument Boulevard I guess it would be part of the Payless parking lot. For some reason I remember a bluish green building there. it look like a bar but I was 8 or 9 years old at the time. I’ve ask other people about it and they don’t seem to remember but when you mentioned rick’s piano bar that struck a note am I right or wrong please tell me …..?
Also nobody has mentioned the body shop that was a topless bar, and a body shop that did body work and paint on cars …..!!!

PH Kid March 30, 2016 at 3:11 PM

The small train at the Pleasant Hill
Motor movies came from the old
King Norman’s Wonderland at
Park n’ Shop.
Remember having a blast driving
the little tractors there.

Well Folks March 30, 2016 at 4:04 PM

J –
Don’t forget the old Terrace Tea Room in Capwell’s as well
And the last hurrah for the PH Motor Movies was porn. Yep you could watch porn from the freeway or Albertson’s. There was also a PX in the center on the corner of Taylor and PH Rd. And wasn’t the “Pink Gable” somewhere around Gay 90’s? I remember the Knotty Pine being there (had a co-worker that hung out there in the mid 80’s) but I swear the Pink Gable was in the same area.

PH Kid – Bud’s Pork Chop Shop was in Mtz for awhile but closed in 1985-86ish. Best pork chop sandwiches on earth.

PH Kid March 30, 2016 at 4:15 PM

You’re right about the location of
Rick’s Piano Bar. Always heard
the story that Marilyn Monroe or
Jayne Mansfield stopped there once
while traveling through town.
There was also a Rick’s nightclub with
live bands in the late 60’s early 70’s
in the building that now houses
Bev Mo on the Pleasant Hill / Walnut Creek
Remember the stock car race track
in Pacheco or The Silver Saddle western
nightclub also in Pacheco.
Pacheco later also had the mini car race track
that was a lot of fun. How about the golf ball
driving range on Jones Rd. In Walnut Creek
or the miniature golf course at what is now
the site of the Mercedez dealer.
Skate Haven Roller Rink and an ice skating
rink both in Walnut Creek.
Lots of fun stuff to do!!!!!

Mimi (original) March 30, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Wow!! You people are OLD!!! LOLOL!! Actually I enjoy the reminisces, I didn’t move to Claycord until 1996 so I missed a lot of the good stuff!

Thanks for the Memories March 30, 2016 at 4:40 PM

PH Kid @49,

Is that the same train our grandkids ride at Pixie Playland?

Also, do you remember Monument Furniture Company on Trelany Lane.
They had an auction every Friday night which, at the time, was a fun way to spend the evening.

The PH kid March 30, 2016 at 5:12 PM

The Pink Gable was just south of the
bowling alley along with the Pleasant
Hill Mart / liquor store and Greyhound
Bus Depot. When the bus depot and bar
closed they were replaced by Sangam
foods and Hobby Town.
The corner of Contra Costa / Boyd Rd
originally had a Hancock gas station.
When it was torn down Pleasant Hill Mart
used it as a parking lot.
The Soldiers Monument itself was originally
located iwhere the freeway runs now and had to
be relocated to its current home.

The PH kid March 30, 2016 at 5:57 PM

“Thanks for the memories”.

Yes, the train is still rolling today at
Pixie Playland.
I bet it has more miles on it than
The Bullet Train ever will have and
I guarantee it has more smiles
per mile!
I recall the auctions on Trelaney.
Do you remember the big
“Unfinished Furniture” store located
in the Montgomery Ward center.
Remember their commercials with
“George the white stallion”.

Can any Claycorder sing the radio
jingle they use to play to advertise
the Park n’ Shop center.

Thanks for the Memories March 30, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Shirley Wilson @ 20 & 21.
I also lived on Trelany Ln.
1st time 1951-1952
2nd time 1954-1964
I had to have known the folks you’re speaking of.

PH Kid @55
I believe the unfinished furniture store was either
Sawmill or Fowler’s.
I also remember Friedman’s Appliances in the Ward’s mall.
I think they’re still there.

The PH kid March 30, 2016 at 8:12 PM

Thanks for the memories-

You’re right!

The unfinished furniture store in
the Ward’s center was Marty Sherman’s
Saw Mill. I had friends on Trelaney too.
Do you recall the Scott family with kids,
Sam,Dennis and a daughter whose name
I can’t recall.
There was also a small cafe in the Ward’s
center. Does the name “Red Rooster”
ring a bell with you?

Thanks for the Memories March 30, 2016 at 8:13 PM

One last thing……
In addition to working for the hamburger place in 1964
I also worked for Payless Grocery, from 1965 to 1973, which was taken over by Albertsons

Thanks for the Memories March 30, 2016 at 8:35 PM

To PH Kid,
Yes, Red Rooster and yes, I knew and know the Scott family well.
That would be sister Nancy and older brother Charlie.
Are you a Pleasant Hill High School kid?
On the 3rd Sunday of every August, there’s an all class PHHS picnic
at the ball fields just above the PHHS parking lot. I’ve been attending for the past 5 or 6 years. I really look forward to it. Lots of fun

Carolyn March 30, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Remember how Nations would put a HUGE serving of raw onions on their burgers? Your car would reek of onions by the time you got your order home. They had the best pies too! (Still do). I bought the bike that I still currently ride from that Pleasant Hill bike shop in 1996 at their “going out of business” sale. I was so sad to see that store go but scored a great bike at a heck of a price! Memories.

Thanks for the Memories March 30, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Carolyn @ 60

Nation’s burgers haven’t changed they’re so good, and the pies still rule.
As a matter of fact, I picked up a Nation’s berry pie on Easter Sunday. Mmmmmmmmmm.

Silva March 30, 2016 at 9:37 PM

Ah, yes. Marty Sherman and George. I always felt sorry for George. He seemed uncomfortable with old Marty sitting him.

Mac March 31, 2016 at 6:52 AM

That is too cool, I rode that train at the Drive in.
Then years later, I rode it many times with my kids, at Pixie Playland.
Now I`m still riding it with my grandkids at Pixie this day.

I never knew it was the same train…..Thanks for the knowledge.
Have enjoyed that train for many years

Mac March 31, 2016 at 6:56 AM

@ 59
Was going to go last year for the first time.
But it was too dang hot.
Hoping to make it this year….. Class of `77 here

The PH kid March 31, 2016 at 11:45 AM

To- Thanks for the memories.

Small world and getting smaller!
I went to Pleasant Hill High School.
Also Diablo Vista Elementary and
Pleasant Hill Intermediate.
Was able to walk to each school.
Sam was my classmate and friend.
I also worked at Payless on the Drug
Store side in the mid to late 60’s.
One of my first jobs. I made the awesome
salary of $1.50 per hour. What in the heck
kind of Living Wage was that!!!
I could have made a career of pushing
shopping carts if I’d of had a union and
a hefty raise each year!! I remember
a ton of work rules at Payless.
My favorite was that we could NEVER
sit down while working. No matter
if it was more convenient to doing the
job. It’s been fun sharing memories!

Silva March 31, 2016 at 12:36 PM

I babysat for a single mother of three of questionable morals who spent all of her weekends at the Pink Gable.

Shirley Wilson March 31, 2016 at 1:15 PM

PH kid@55. I will have to see if the house number shows in some 1949 photos I have of Trelany Lane. My brothers last name was Utterback, my sister’s married name was Goddard. Neighbors were Bill and Eleanor Kuhn, Doreen and Earl Johnson, across the street Carol and Howard Atkinson, down the street in the big old white farm house were the Freeman’ s who had lots of children and a septic tank that over flowed often and the smell would hang like a cloud over the whole street. Further up the street towards CC Blvd. was the Klass family, two boys Alan and Paul, and the very first house on the right of Trelany off Contra Costa was a friend I used to play with and now can’t recall her name. Barbara something or other.

Thanks for the Memories March 31, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Shirley Wilson @ 67,

Small world that it is, I lived next door to the Utterback family and I was good friends with the Atkinsons, Johnsons, Freemans. I believe the Barbara you’re are referring to is Barbara Lucas. Those were the days my friend….

Thanks for the Memories March 31, 2016 at 2:44 PM

PH KID @65

I too attended Diablo Vista, PHI and graduated from PHHS Class of 64.
You probably knew Cal Nick and the Howard brothers from Payless.

The PH kid March 31, 2016 at 2:47 PM

To- Shirley Wilson
& Thanks for the memories.

Nice to hear from a resident of the great
old Trelaney family neighborhood.
I only knew the Scott family and I recall
a Pogensie family. I lived closer to PH High
off of Cleveland Rd, on Babette Ct.
At onetime we had almost 40 kids just in our
little neighborhood. I can recall your area
very well. We couldn’t afford to play organized
sports so we formed our own teams and
challenged other neighborhood teams.
We’d meet at the park and play rain or shine.
Playing football in the mud was fun and our
mom’s didn’t seem to mind. All the neighborhood
teams had names. Ours was:
“The Babette Ct. Boola Boola Bearcats’
The name always use to crack us up.
Back then you could have a lot of fun with
very little money. If we could beg our mom
to give us 25 cents we’d go swimming at
the park pool. We built rafts and sailed down
the creek when the water permitted. There
is a storm drain tunnel that we would sail
through that runs from the back side of
the high school and under the freeway to
Buskirk Ave. When we got under the freeway
we could stick up faces up to the drains and
watch the cars going by. I always wondered
if any drivers ever noticed the little faces looking
at them. As another writer shared we would
ride our heavy coaster brake bycycles up
Mount Diablo. Someone would say
“What should we do”. Off we’d go without
even a bottle of water. When we got thirsty
we stopped and picked oranges from a bush
on the side of Walnut Ave. Big adventures
didn’t cost us much in those days!

Thanks for the Memories April 1, 2016 at 10:49 PM


Did you have a neighbor on Babette by the name of Diane or Bobbi.
I think the family name may have been Gibson.

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