Archive for the ‘Things that Won’t Be Around Long’ Category

California Chrysler Dealer Closings

May 14, 2009

AUTOCAL, LLC
DBA PENINSULA DODGE
640  VETERANS BOULEVARD
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063
Dennis Hecker
45150
DT

BAY BRIDGE DODGE CHRYSLER  JEEP,
DBA BAY BRIDGE CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE
2735 BROADWAY
OAKLAND, CA 94612-3109
BOBBY AL
26784
JCDT

BOARDWALK AUTO CENTER INC
DBA BOARDWALK CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH JEEP
1 BAIR ISLAND ROAD
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063-2764
JAMIE G KOPF
24202
JC

BUTTS PONTIAC-CADILLAC INC
DBA BUTTS JEEP-EAGLE
4 HEITZINGER PLAZA
SEASIDE, CA 93955-3613
DONALD C BUTTS
24190
J

CARSON CJ, LLC
DBA CAR PROS CHRYSLER JEEP
21126 AVALON BLVD
CARSON, CA 90745-2203
60238
CJ

COURTESY MOTORS AUTO CENTER INC
2522 COHASSET RD
CHICO, CA 95973-1307
24178
JC

EJE, INC.
DBA NORTH COUNTY JEEP
1501 AUTO PARK WAY SOUTH
ESCONDIDO, CA 92029
JAMES E CROWLEY
26579
J

G. K. ALCOMBRACK, INC.
DBA LIBERTY MOTORS DODGE CHRYSLER
600 FREEMAN LANE
GRASS VALLEY, CA 95949
GARY K ALCOMBRACK
68333
CDT

HANFORD CHRYSLER-DODGE JEEP, INC
DBA LIBERTY CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP
369 N 11TH AVE
HANFORD, CA 93230
DWIGHT G NELSON
68266
CDTJ

HARVEY M HARPER CO
DBA HARPER JEEP COUNTRY
4800 HWY 101 NORTH
EUREKA, CA 95503
HARVEY G HARPER
24181
J

HYSEN-JOHNSON FORD INC
DBA PERRY JEEP
12200 LOS OSOS VALLEY RD
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 93405
PERRY J
24122
J

JOHN HINE PONTIAC
DBA JOHN HINE DODGE
1561 CAMINO DEL RIO SOUTH
SAN DIEGO, CA 92108
JOHN A HINE JR
68445
DT

KIRBY OLDSMOBILE
DBA JEEP OF VENTURA
6424 AUTO CENTER DR
VENTURA, CA 93003-7210
JOHN W KIRBY
24101
J

L E RICHARDSON ENTERPRISES, INC
DBA RICHARDSON DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP
1376 EAST F ST.
OAKDALE, CA 95361
LAWRENCE RICHARDSON
42443
DTC
J

LARRY MENKE INC
6 HEITZINGER PLAZA
SEASIDE, CA 93955-3613
DOUGLAS A GRAHAM
66860
C

LIVERMORE AUTO GROUP, INC.
DBA LIVERMORE CHRYSLER JEEP
2304 KITTY HAWK RD
LIVERMORE, CA 94551-7621
JAGROOP S GILL
26760
JC

LOS FELIZ FORD INC
DBA STAR CHRYSLER JEEP
1401 S BRAND BLVD
GLENDALE, CA 91204-2809
EDMUND JUSSEN JR
24118
JC

MOTHER LODE MOTORS
13411 MONO WAY
SONORA, CA 95370-5398
KAREN FLAKE
65269
CDTJ

MURPHY AND SHELBY DODGE INC.
603 SAN FERNANDO RD
SAN FERNANDO, CA 91340
44419
DT

OROVILLE MOTORS INCORPORATED
2700 LINCOLN BOULEVARD
OROVILLE, CA 95966
SHIRLEY J CARPENTER
44092
DTCJ

PEOPLE’S CHRYSLER JEEP, INC.
DBA FOLSOM LAKE CHRYSLER JEEP
12530 AUTOMALL CIRCLE
FOLSOM, CA 95630
GARY A HAMNER
68652
CJ

RON & ANN ENTERPRISES
DBA RON SMITH JEEP
1900 AUTO CENTER DR
MERCED, CA 95340
RONALD
24188
J

SOWELL AUTOMOTIVE INC
DBA DODGE CITY CHRY-JEEP
79-025 HIGHWAY 11
LA QUINTA, CA 92253
KENT B SOWELL
43120
DTCJ

TED MILES JEEP INC
7380 EL CAMINO REAL
ATASCADERO, CA 93422-4629
TED W MILES
26031
J

UNION DODGE INC
DBA UNION CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE
9898 TRASK AVE
GARDEN GROVE, CA 92844-2800
CHARLES S LEE
44542
DTCJ

URBAN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, LLC
DBA URBAN CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE
81 AUTO CENTER DR
FOOTHILL RANCH, CA 92610-2816
AGOP E GOZUKARA
43687
DTCJ

VALLEY DODGE INC.
6110 VAN NUYS BOULEVARD
VAN NUYS, CA 91401-3305
HOWARD S. SELLZ
43535
DT

VALLEY DODGE, INC.
DBA BIG VALLEY CHRYSLER JEEP
6110 VAN NUYS BLVD
VAN NUYS, CA 91401-3305
HOWARD S. SELLZ
60335
CJ

W R THOMAS INC
DBA DIRECT AUTO PLAZA
2351 SOUTH 4TH ST
EL CENTRO, CA 92243
DAVID C MERRILL
43687
DTC
J

WEAVER AUTOMOTIVE INC
DBA WEAVER AUTO AND TRUCK CENTER
400 IDAHO MARYLAND RD
GRASS VALLEY, CA 95945-5958
THOMAS H WEAVER
26593
J

WHEELER LEASING CO II INC
DBA WHEELER JEEP
350 COLUSA AVENUE
YUBA CITY, CA 95991-4206
MICHAEL C WHEELER
24191
J

(Source: Wall Street Journal)

Old and New Railroad Signals

December 7, 2008

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These block signals at San Lucas, California represent the old and the new. The old, searchlight-type signals made by the Union Switch and Signal Company are turned facing away from the tracks having been replaced by the newer type of signal with three lights.

San Ardo Sugar Beet Loader

November 25, 2008
Sugar Beet loader at San Ardo, CA

Sugarbeet loader at San Ardo, CA

This was Union Sugar Division’s receiving station No. 91.

The Sioux Falls Victory

August 5, 2006

The Sioux Falls Victory was one of some 534 Victory Ships built during World War II.  The Sioux Falls Victory was built at California Shipbuilding in Los Angeles in 1945.  It took 88 days to build the Sioux Falls Victory – 51 days on the ways and 37 days in the water.

The Sioux Falls Victory served in World War II and the Korean War.

There’s an unfortunate incident documented on the Web involving Oiler Roy E. Nahl. It seems that while the SS Sioux Falls was berthed at Pier 59 in Seattle, Washington. Nahl had been sent aboard as a relief oiler and while on the 1600-2400 watch, he beat the crap out of an other crewman named Carlton with an axe handle.  The second cook disarmed Hahl and called the police and an ambulance.  Nahl ran down the gangway and escaped. Nahl was subsequently apprehended and brought to trial in King County and convicted of Third Degree Assault.  He served brief sentence in county jail.  In January of 1952, his Merchant Mariner’s Document was revoked after a Coast Guard hearing.

At one time the Sioux Falls Victory was apparently on a list of ships to be considered to be sunk to create an artifical reef, but for some reason the ship was dropped from the list and is going to be scrapped.

The contract is worth $978,698 to Marine Metals.

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The Sioux Falls Victory on 5 August 2006 at Richmond

The 1927 Carquinez Strait Bridge

July 12, 2006

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The two connecting spans have been removed from the 1927 Carquinez bridge

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The rest of the bridge won’t be around long

More bridge stuff here, here, here, here.

The Last Trip

February 19, 2006

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The former USNS Point Barrow (AKD-1) and the former Exxon Florence are shown being towed by the Crowley Invader Class Tug Ranger on 16 Feb 2006. These ships are being towed off for disposal from the Suisun Bay MarAd Reserve fleet.

Pontbarrow

The Point Barrow (AKD-1) was a one of a kind LSD-like vessel specially re-enforced and insulated for the purpose of delivering supplies to the Arctic in support of the construction of the DEW Line early warning radar system. Point Barrow was built by Maryland Shipbuilding and Dry Dock and delivered on 25 May 1957. During the Vietnam war, the Point Barrow delivered the first of the NASTY Class boats, carried LCM’s to Vietnam.  Later, the Point Barrow transported the phased radars for the USS Enterprise and USS Long Beach.  Point Barrow  was refitted and renamed, USNS Point Loma (AGDS-2) and became part of the fleet  that supported Trident missile  testing in the Pacific.

Florence

The Esso/Exxon Florence was built by Newport News Shipbuilding and delivered to Standard Oil of New Jersey on 15 Jan 1954. The Florence had a couple of notable individuals aboard during her career. The novelist, screenwriter, and poet, Paul Auster was a utility man and later, a mess man aboard the Florence.  The future Master of theExxon Valdez, Joseph Hazelwood was once among the members of the Florence’s crew.

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Our Commander-in-Chief

June 30, 2005

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This just struck me funny.

NAS Alameda

April 20, 2005

Here’s what the City of Alameda says about one of the largest grouping of Deco Art buildings in the San Francisco Bay area:

As part of base closure, the Navy determined, and the California State Historic Preservation Officer
concurred, that the historic "core" of NAS Alameda was a significant historic resource eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. As such, it is eligible for protections under the National
Historic Preservation Act. The City has designated this area as an historic district and as a City Historic Monument. Exterior alterations to historic monuments must be reviewed for approval by the City’s
Historic Advisory Board. In addition, the Historic Advisory Board must make specific findings about the economic infeasibility of rehabilitation before approving an application to demolish an historic
resource. The Historic District covers a significant portion of the area to be transferred to the City. Any development within the District needs to be done in compliance with protecting the historic resources
on the site, or the City must prepare an Environmental Impact Report assessing the adverse environmental impacts and make findings of overriding consideration before affecting the resource. The City has an aggressive adaptive reuse program on Alameda Point that provides for the rehabilitation of historic structures consistent with the standards promulgated by the US Secretary of the Interior. The City will continue
to reuse historic structures where appropriate and require that new development be sensitive to the historic district on Alameda Point. The standards for rehabilitation of historic structures promulgated by the US Secretary of the Interior are beyond the control of the City of Alameda. However, it is not anticipated that the existence of the Historic District or individual contributing historic structures will
significantly impede the City’s ability to achieve its RHND allocation goals.

That’s because A statement of overring consideration is what the landowner files when they want to demolish, destroy or alter a structure that has been listed on the National Register or has other protective status.

This is just an other example of how your government’s unending search for revenue is destroying our national history. 

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NAS Alameda General Mess Entrance

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NAS Alameda Enlisted Barracks Detail

Take a good look at these incredible Deco Buildings because they are another example of Things that Won’t Be Around For Long.

Sitting on the Edge

March 9, 2005

At Gleason’s Beach just North of Bodega Bay, several  houses have already slid into the ocean and others have been red-tagged. The home owners have made numerous expensive attempts to armor the bluff and hold back the erosion but have failed to prevent further property loss.

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Concrete wall with rebar in front of Gleason Beach houses

These houses teetering on the edge of an
eroding cliff on the Pacific Ocean at Gleason’s Beach, are  built
on soil that has been pulverized by the the Pacific plate as it pushes its way under the continental plate. This grinding process makes the
individual grains of soil so fine
that they absorb water and turn
into something known as

"melange" (French for "mixture") which is very weak and not suitable for a foundation for a house.

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A Gleason Beach house that won’t be around long

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The next door neighbor is also in trouble. This house
has been  red tagged.  Also note the large crack in the
ground in the foreground. 

Gleason Beach is located at Latitude 38.38972 and Longitude -123.08444, if you would like to find it on the Terraserver.

The Nut Tree Restaurant Sign

January 4, 2005

I first visited  the Nut Tree in the late 1950’s when I lived in Davis.  Even though I moved to Southern California, I kept coming back.  When I got married, I brought Mrs. Curmudgeon to the Nut Tree, she liked it a lot, and whenever we were anywhere near the Bay Area, we made it a point to drive over to Vacaville and visit the Nut Tree.

I’ve never visited anyplace quite like the Nut Tree. Do you remember the individual pineapples with marshmallow sauce they served with each meal?  How about the individual bread loaves?  The Nut Tree was one of the first places I remember to do that, back in 1957, or so. The butterfly dishes?  The airplane models that hung in the dining room?  How about the toy shop and the train?  How about the 1960’s modern architecture, the colorful flowers and collages that hung on the walls?  The live birds in the glass cages in the dining room.  The dirigible hanging from the ceiling.  The fruit plate they served was something really special.

Mrs. Curmudgeon recalls the quality gift shop and the baked goods that were on sale.  She also recalls the posters and art work that was sold at the Nut Tree. In later years there was a very good aviation book store there.  It was truly a great place.

The original owners apparently sold the Nut Tree to a corporation; by the 1980’s the quality of the food began to drop the prices went up, and the service went down. Many of the things that made the place special were dropped from the menu or were no longer served with the meals.  Unfortunately,  we could see the beginning of the end and our visits became less frequent.

The Coffee Tree restaurant opened in 1965 and hung on for a few  years after the Nut Tree complex closed.  It’s now boarded up and closed.

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The Nut Tree Restaurant on I-80 in Vacaville closed in 1996.  It was a landmark for travelers between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sierras for more than 70 years.  This sign is now just about all that’s left of the Nut Tree today.