"Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

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fig garden mike

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby fig garden mike » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:07 am

1. Arthur's Toys (I was left behind there on a shopping trip and didn't even notice I had been abandoned by my mom and siblings! I loved that place.)
2. Christmas Tree Lane (Van Ness Blvd.)
3. All of Fig Garden Village before it was a Long's Parking Lot (The Drug Store, Bob's Hobby, Food World, Gottschalk's, Farrell's [still one in LA if ya need a Volcano Sundae],Fig Garden Movie Theatre, even Fuddrucker's!
4. Woodward Park Fishing Derby that I loved but my dad only took me once.
5. Partying in the fig orchards out on Herndon.
6. Partying at Woodward Lakes development when it was still being built.
7. Buying Peach Cisco & Mickey's Big Mouth at "that liquor store on the west side" when we were in high school. I remember seeing a seven year old go in there to buy a fifth for, like, her dad or something. They sold to anyone god bless them!
8. Getting a room at Rep's Motel on Blackstone on the weekends so we could have a place to party when it was too cold for the figs or Woodward Lakes.
9. Doing bong hits and drinking boxed Franzia White Zinfandel out of the trunk of my car.
10. Dancing the night away at Knock Three Times underage club with all the mods and goths.

11. Bonus Memory: sitting at the bluffs after school with my friend Reyna rolling coco puffs and just hanging out talking about whatever.
12. Bonus, bonus memory: restaurant hopping in the Tower.
13. Bonus, bonus, bonus memory: The Old Elbow Room on Shaw during the holidays. The Christmas balls hanging from the ceiling were psychedelic! Which reminds me of...
14. B.C.'s Pizza! That place was truly great when it first opened.

Great Memories all of them. But my god how can anyone still live in that town‽ I go back to visit family and it's just such a, well, nothing really nice to say so I won't.

mikeferrell

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby 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...

Fresno2SoCal
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Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby 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
Rollertown

Webbie

Re: "Lost Fresno" My Top 10 List

Postby Webbie » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:34 am

My family stopped in Fresno at Motel Fresno (later changed to Fresno Motel) on our way to visit our grandmother in Oakland, CA. It was so fun for us kids swimming in the pool, drinking Shirley Temples and playing cards. Our parents would sit in the bar and we would have the pool almost to ourselves at times. We would walk across the road and put pennies on the railroad tracks and retrieve them later as our "souvenirs". Once, Ed Ames from the tv show Daniel Boone and some other actors were there rehearsing for a play and we got an autograph.

I can't find any pictures of Motel Fresno online from those days just a couple of postcards with drawings but we have some pictures. It was a very nice place in the early 60s, very peaceful. Doesn't look so great now, sadly.

Deborah
Los Angeles, CA


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