Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snow in our town?


(Lifted mischeiviously from good friend Cowellian who lifted it from Mr. Tatum's color phto book - i forgot the name of)
The day it snowed in Concord, date unknown, the Vargas Saloon, familiarly known as "Bucket of Blood" sported a white roof. The saloon was at the corner of Grant and Willow Pass Road.AndrewsIt snowed in Concord on January 9, 1913. Somebody got a camera and took a picture of Saloonkeeper Francisco Perez with three of his customers out in front of his saloon on the southwest corner of Grant Street and Willow Pass Road. The snow on the ground was already melting, but the tree branches and roof tops were still covered. It wasn’t much snowfall to an Easterner, but for Concord it was a blizzard. The saloon advertised Brooklyn Steam Beer for 5 cents a glass with a poster affixed to a tree. Concord was just a small country town in 1913, even though had been incorporated as a city in 1905. However, the Oakland, Antioch, and Eastern Railway (forerunner to BART) started in 1912, bringing the first wave of commuters to Concord— a hint of times to come. The saloon, later owned by Allen Vargas, continued for many years. The building was torn down in 1955 to be replaced by an office of American Trust Company ( now Wells Fargo Bank).
Grand Poobah Apollo says: So, now, in this cold, wet weather, in memorial's sake, bundle up, load up on a 22 of Double Bastard (unless you can find some Brooklyn Steam Beer, or better yet, the Anchor Steam Winter Ale, and go kick it in the parkinglot of the downtown Wells Fargo. Maybe hum a few bars of the Concord Cranksta; "Talk a bunch of shit and I'm good to go".
Yes, Virginina there is/was snow in Drunken Indian

5 Comments:

At Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 6:48:00 PM PST, Anonymous EdiBirsan said...

I like this sort of information on our past.
Keep it up.

 
At Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 6:49:00 PM PST, Blogger Edi Birsan said...

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At Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:49:00 PM PST, Blogger Cowellian said...

When I asked for a cold one, I meant the beer!

 
At Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 12:05:00 PM PST, Blogger MisterWriter said...

Nice site Apollo. Keep it going. I'll add a feed to my site too.

 
At Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 7:36:00 AM PST, Blogger shasta daisy said...

This is a nice site!

 

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