"Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Post by mikeferrell » Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:58 pm

I've already commented (somewhere on this site!) about how incredibly cool was the Pit Stop Slot Car Racing Center, located in the Ashlan Park Shopping Center...best slot car tracks ever! And somebody mentioned the Clovis Rodeo Grounds, for super-modified ("hardtop") auto racing. Totally agreed...but don't forget Kearney Bowl...same racing cars...but on a high-banked, asphalt oval...the perfect complement to Clovis' 1/2 mile dirt track! And as long as we're talkin' racin', let's not forget the old Fresno Drag Strip, intersection of Manning and Hughes, Raisin City. Great stuff.

But let's really test our memories! Does anyone remember an incredibly cool quarter-midget racing track, located on McKinley Ave., not far from the CA Air Nat'l Guard complex (which , by the way, sure has grown over the years!) As a youngster (5-6 years old), I found this little racing track, with bleachers and lighting and a PA system...and kids driving these cool racing cars in real races. To a youngster such as myself, this was all just way too Kool!

Fresno was really a hot bed of racin' back then...a few bucks could sure purchase a lot of fun! Seems like yesterday...

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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Post by Fresno2SoCal » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:17 pm

Fresno State games at Ratcliffe Stadium and Selland Arena.
WWF wrestling at Selland.
The Fresno Fair
Freeway 41 ending at Bullard
Cruising Blackstone to Millerton Lake on weekends

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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Post by Jesseejack » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:17 pm

Angelos drive in
Playing on the tank in the park
Cutting class to go to manchester mall
Skating tower district
Blackstone cruise
Bond fires at the figs
Rollin out to lost lake late at night
Woodward park
Sneaking into the bmx track on belmont to try and jump the jumps
Awesome being a teen back in the 80s fosho!


Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Post by GeeG » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:04 am

1. Mello’s Ice Cream
2. Rainbow Ballroom
3. St Alfonso’s church
4. West Coast Relays
5. Fink-White Playground
6. Frank H Ball
7. Kearney Park
8. Edison High School
9. Sunday Afternoons at Roeding Park
10. 2-Way Fruit Stand
11. Kearny Drive In
12. Castillo’s Tower District
13. Mervyn’s
14. Junior Bootery Shoe Store
15. Laucks Bakery
16. College Pharmacy
18. Rontell’s Volvo
19. Jesse James Auto
20. Towkiwa Restaurant - China Town
21. P&R Liquor Store
22. Hale Medical Center
23. Graves’s Upholstry
24. Luau Restaurant
25. The Hacienda
26. J&C Records
27. Sun’s Barbecue
28. Triangle Restaurant


Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Post by Tonloc0105 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:58 pm

Great lists and so many memories from the previous pots

1) harpains dairy - near my house off of Ashlan.
2).country squire theater - first and Ashlan
3). Pizza & pipes - near the old gemco (now Target) on shields. Weird old organ in that place on the 2nd floor.
4) Ashlan park driving range - near the old harpains fairy.
5) home channel movies - McKinley Ave. was the first place to rent vhs or beta movies when vcr’s came out in the early 80’s. I remember you had to choose a side based on whether you had a vhs or beta player when you entered the store.
6) Flauts donuts (I think??). Near Radcliffe stadium on Blackstone and Clinton I think (used to be a strip mall there with this classic donut shop). So good!!


Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Post by Wayne » Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:40 am

Some of my favorite memories I didn't see while glancing through others posts...
The Pop Shoppe (5 cent bottles of pop)
Sky Harbor Road (before Table Mountain)
Lost Lake
Sunnyside swap meet and drive in
Roller Town
Munchy's (25 cent burgers)
Desegregation in school. (busloads of kids riding clear across town to help all of us understand that our differences weren't really differences at all)

I can't help but wonder while taking my stroll down memory lane this morning what the lists of my children will look like.

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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Post by cmorse222 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:01 am

My top 10:
1) Loved walking down the street to the local market and spending 20 cents on wax bottles with kool aid inside. We'd suck on the plastic all day once we sucked out the kool aid
2) Carnations on Olive, outstanding
3) Dairy Queen on Fresno and McKenzie, great burgers
4) Manchester Mall - Theater saw Sound Of Music there, got my first kiss too
5) Roosevelt Rough Rider games, 1967 - We beat the heck out of Fresno High every year, well, almost
6) Camping up past North Fork, Whiskey Falls
7) Watching Twilight Zone, Way Out, Sebastian hosting Shock Theater in this order every frickin Friday night, never missed my fav shows
8) Blakleys swim park and golf course
9) Farmers Market Mayfair on Tulare, Rossi's Pizza, great Calzones
10) Donna Coble, she broke my heart!

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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Post by cmorse222 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:04 pm


Some memories that I don't see listed on the site include:

1) Christmas Tree Lane
2) Drive up 41 - Blackstone, Pinedale, Oakhurst, Coarsgold, North Fork,(O'Neals turnoff) - dirt roads after that to Whisky Creek camp grounds
3) Uncle Tom's Liquors Tulare
4) Decker's Equipment Rental - Belmont
5) Greyhound Bus Depot
6) Fish Camp
7) Tollhouse road
8) Jefferson Elementary on Illinois St
9) Longfellow Junior High
10) City of Helm (a huge plant there)
11) Rossi's Pizza inside Mayfair Market complex on Tulare


Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Post by joeg1484 » Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:46 pm

A couple that I didnt see mentioned...

1. Woodward Park Drive In - 4 screen theater where River Park is now :).
2. Malibu Grand Prix right next to Woodward Park Drive in.

Used to hear the tires screech from Malibu while watching a movie :-D.


Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Post by joeg1484 » Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:21 pm

Oh, almost forgot!

3. Vendo
4. Calcot
5. Pinedale Water Towers

Ahh the memories....

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