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Australia, Victoria (Campaspe (Shire)), Echuca — The Only Classified Brothel in Victoria
This Establishment Built About 1878 Is The Only Classified Brothel in Victoria The house consists of 3 small rooms on each floor, the upper rooms being reached by a staircase leading into a sheltered lane running off Little Hopwood street, making it possible for even the most respectable citizen to visit the scarlet ladies undetected. After the nearby Murray Hotel was built in 1879, the Brothel was run in conjunction with the pub and became known for its ‘honky tonk’ dancing and . . . — Map (db m70630) HM
British Columbia (Capital Regional District), Brentwood Bay — Organ Pavillion
The Aeolian Pipe Organ played at The Butchart Gardens is an early twentieth century residence instrument equipped with its own pneumatic player. Built by the Aeolian Company of New York this model, once owned by Vancouver department store owner, Chris Spencer, is identical to the one owned by R.P. Butchart and installed in his residence here at Benvenuto. Fully playable manually this organ boasts just under one thousand individual pipes, a set of twenty tubular chimes and a forty-nine note . . . — Map (db m74479) HM
British Columbia (Capital Regional District), Brentwood Bay — Rose Garden History
The present Rose Garden was built in 1929 and 1930 on the site of the Butchart's vegetable garden. The design was developed by Butler Sturtevant, a Seattle landscape artist, and adapted by Jennie Butchart. The head gardener at the time, Bob Ballantyne, was in charge of its installation. His perfectionist methods added greatly to its improvement and expansion over the next thirty years until his retirement in 1959. Between the Rose Garden and the nursery field, now the Concert Lawn, the . . . — Map (db m74483) HM
British Columbia (Capital Regional District), Sidney — Mayor's Community Builder Awardees at Beacon Park Pavilion
Town of Sidney BC Spirit Squares Beacon Park Pavilion Opened June 28, 2009 by the Honourable Steven Point, Lt. Gov. of BC A legacy of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia —————————— Joan E. Ballenger 1939 - 2005 The Town of Sidney and Peninsula Celebrations Society celebrate Joan Ballenger, an incredibly active community volunteer. In 1994, Joan saw an opportunity . . . — Map (db m75464) HM
British Columbia (Capital Regional District), Victoria — Order of Canada / Ordre du Canada
In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Order of Canada and the 125th anniversary of Canada as a nation this plaque has been erected by the recipients of the Order resident in the Province of British Columbia. The Order recognizes accomplishments that have influenced the economic, cultural, scientific and community life of the nation and are representative of the characteristics and qualities that define a Canadian. Unveiled October 27th, 1992 by His Excellency . . . — Map (db m75023) HM
British Columbia (Capital Regional District), Victoria — Royal TheatreLe Théâtre Royal
Constructed in 1912-1913 during the Victoria building boom, this structure originally opened as the Royal Victoria Theatre, owned by a group of local entrepreneurs. Theatres of this type, presenting live dramatic, musical and vaudeville performances, were constructed across Canada between 1913 and 1930. While they were among the grandest theatres ever built in this country, few now exist. This theatre's impressive bricK and terra cotta facade and ornate classically-inspired interior have . . . — Map (db m72881) HM
British Columbia (Greater Vancouver Regional District), Vancouver — Sadie MarksCity of Vancouver, 1886-1986
In 1922 Ferrera Court was the home of Vancouver tailor David Marks, where vaudeville comedian Benny Kubelsky met thirteen-year-old Sadie Marks. They dated in 1926 and married the next year. As Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone they often returned to the city of her birth. — Map (db m46691) HM
New Brunswick (Charlotte County), Campobello — Campobello's Resort Hotels
In 1881, a group of American businessmen (called themselves the Campobello Company) purchased most of Campobello Island. In an era of summer-long vacations and great summer resorts, the company hoped, by promoting Campobello's charms, to attract, well-to-do people with extensive leisure time to its hotels. Both the Canadian and American press promoted Campobello as a summer resort. Built in 1881 on the northern end of Friar's Bay, the Owen was the first and most luxurious of the company's three . . . — Map (db m25467) HM
New Brunswick (Charlotte County), Campobello — Summer Activities
The Campobello hotels welcomed socializing between their guests and the summer cottage owners. Summer colonists and hotel guests exchanged visits and participated in hotel activities such as excursions aboard the company's small steamboats, field days, dances, and the use of tennis and croquet courts, billiards tables and bowling alleys. During 1881 and 1882, the Campobello Company built a hotel pier, roads to Glensevern Lake and Raccoon Beach, a bridge across Glensevern and another at Eastern . . . — Map (db m25462) HM
New Brunswick (Charlotte County), Welshpool — Campobello Company and HotelsLe Campobello Company et les Hôtels
Although visitors had been coming to the island since 1855, Campobello's summer trade did not really prosper until the 1880s - years of long summer vacations and great resorts. A group of Boston and New York businessmen bought most of the island in 1881. The new owners called themselves the Campobello Company; their plan was to promote the island as a summer resort. They hoped to lure a wealthy clientele with extensive leisure time to the island, let them enjoy the area's many charms, . . . — Map (db m63639) HM
New Brunswick (Charlotte County), Welshpool — Passamaquoddy Tribe / La Tribu Passamaquoddy
Passamaquoddy Bay takes its name from the Native American Passamaquoddy Tribe. The word means People of the Pollock-Spearing Place. The Passamaquoddy have a rich heritage, once occupying much of what is now eastern Maine and western New Brunswick. They lived inland, seasonally, where during the colder months they subsisted mainly by hunting and fishing. During the warmer months, they moved to the shore (where there were cooler temperatures and fewer biting flies) to harvest abundant . . . — Map (db m63617) HM
New Brunswick (Saint John County), Saint John — Canada’s Original CityLa ville originale du Canada
English What do you do for a 225th anniversary The answer in Canada’s first incorporated city was celebrate! Saint John 225: The Original City/La ville originale was a year-long celebration of the city’s heritage, creativity and cultures. Neighbourhoods and community organizations, regional and local businesses and all levels of government helped Saint John live up to its title as a 2010 Cultural Capital of Canada. Saint John 225 was a year of festivals: the . . . — Map (db m77568) HM
New Brunswick (Saint John County), Saint John — Imperial TheatreLe Théâtre Imperial
English Constructed in 1912-1913 to the designs of Philadelphia architect A.E. Westover, this structure was built by the Keith-Albee chain of New York City and its Canadian subsidiary, the Saint John Amusements Company. Dramatic, musical and vaudeville performances were highlighted in the early years. Theatres of this kind, constructed between 1912 and 1930, were among the grandest built in Canada, and acted as a transition between traditional 19th century theatres and the movie . . . — Map (db m77506) HM
New Brunswick (Saint John County), Saint John — King Edward VII Memorial BandstandKiosque À Musique Commémoratif Roi Edouard VII
English The Memorial Bandstand was designed and built in 1908 for the City Coronet Band by Neil Brodie, a local architect. One year later, it was donated to the City of Saint John in the name of Edward VII of England. The bandstand is made of various materials. The supporting columns are steel with wrought iron detail. The floor and ceiling are constructed of wood while copper formes the roof and intermediate cornice. A coronet, similar to those used by the City Coronet Band, has . . . — Map (db m77531) HM
Ontario (Essex County), Amherstburg — Boblo Island
Boblo Island For many centuries the island you see in front of you was used for hunting and fishing by First Nations people. Called Île aux Bois Blancs by the French, Boblo Island's key location made it a site for blockhouses during the War of 1812 and the Upper Canada Rebellion. In 1837 a lighthouse was erected on the southern end; about sixty years later the island became the site of a popular amusement park that lasted for nearly a century. The Detroit . . . — Map (db m71185) HM
Ontario (Niagara Region), Niagara Falls — Thomas Baker McQuestenK.C., M.L.A. — 1882 – 1945
Thomas Baker McQuesten was born in Hespeler, Ontario June 30, 1882. In 1934 he was appointed Minister of Highways and Public Works for the Province of Ontario and Chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission. He served in both positions for ten years. During his term as chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission, he was instrumental in the building of Oakes Garden Theatre; The construction of the Niagara Parkway from Clifton Hill to the whirlpool; the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture; Mather . . . — Map (db m78489) HM
Ontario (Niagara Region), Niagara Falls — Tightrope Walker Nik WallendaOn June 15, 2012 — Niagara Parks
On June 15, 2012, the world watched as professional tightrope walker Nik Wallenda crossed the Niagara Gorge on a wire. Table Rock complex marked the Canadian end point for this high wire walk, which began at Terrapin Point, directly across the Gorge at the Niagara Falls State Park, in New York. The Niagara Parks Commission granted one-time permission for this event in order to recognize the role that daredevil performances and stunting have played in the rich history and promotion of . . . — Map (db m64660) HM
Quebec (Capitale-Nationale (region)), Québec — Theatre de l’Estoc(1959-1968)
French: C’est ici, derrière ce mur, qu’a évolué le Théâtre de l’Estoc, chef de file de l’activité théâtrale québécoise dans les années 1960. Fondée en 1957 par trois jeunes passionnés, Pierre Fontaine, Andre Ricard et Jean-Louis Tremblay, la compagnie théâtrale se nomme d’abord Les Comédiens de l’Estoc. Elle s’établit à cet endroit en 1959, après avoir reconverti de vielles écuries en une salle de spectacle de 80 places, qui passe à 120 en 1963. Le théâtre de poche devient vite un . . . — Map (db m81259) HM
Quebec (Haut-Richelieu MRC), Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville — Louis CyrThe World's Strongest Man
Louis Cyr was born here, in Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville, on October 10, 1863. By the age of 12, he was working in a logging camp in the winter and on the family farm the rest of the year. He enjoyed impressing his fellow workers with shows of his brute strength. Although he had an average-sized father, his mother weighed 265 pounds and was 6’1” and his maternal grandfather was 6’4”. Their size, quite remarkable in that era, gave young Louis the genes that would help him become the . . . — Map (db m89790) HM
Yukon Territory, Dawson City — Palace Grand Theatre/Le théâtre Grand Palace
[English:] “Arizona” Charlie Meadows, showman and self-made heroic figure built a lavish structure in 1899 to prospect gold directly from the miner’s pokes. Hugely successful over its first winter, the theatre offered vaudeville acts, comedy, music and melodrama – all on the same bill. Dance hall girls came next, at a dollar-a-dance from midnight until breakfast, while drinking and gambling went on the whole time. As the heady gold rush days subsided, so did the theatres . . . — Map (db m44890) HM
Yukon Territory, Dawson City — Ruby’s Place/La maison de Ruby
[English:] Opened as a boarding house and laundry in 1902, the building was taken over by Mathilde “Ruby” Scott in 1935. For over 27 years, this former Paris Madame operated a brothel here, finding a ready clientele in the seasonal workers from the gold dredge camps. She operated with the tacit approval of local officials until 1961. With both gold mining and her business in decline, Ruby was charged with keeping a bawdy house. For the next 8 years, Ruby’s was simply a boarding . . . — Map (db m44887) HM
Yukon Territory, Watson Lake — Welcome to the Sign Post Forest
In 1942, during the construction of the Alaska Highway, the United States Army Corps of Engineers erected mileage posts at their camps that listed places, distances and directions in the Yukon, other Canadian cities, cities within the United States of America and also other parts of the world. One of these posts was erected at the Wye, the corner of the Alaska Highway and the road to the Watson Lake Airport, where the Sign Post Forest stands today. The original post is the only mileage post of . . . — Map (db m72697) HM
France, Île-de-France (Paris), Paris — La maison de Rose de RosimondHistoire de Paris
Né en 1645, Claude de La Rose, dit en Rosimond, écrivain à ses heures, est choisi pour succéder à Molière dans troupe des comédiens de roi, et comme lui, il meurt en scène, à l’issue d’une représentation du “Malade imaginaire”. Depuis 1680, il possèdait ici une maison de villégiature, entourée de cinq quartiers de terre labourable. Au XIXe siècle, elle est aménagée en ateliers pour artistes: Auguste Renoir en quête d’espace y loue deux pièces et l’ancienne écurie; lui succèdent Léon . . . — Map (db m60878) HM
France, Île-de-France (Paris), Paris — Le Golf Drouot
Ici se trouvait Le Golf Drouot "Temple du Rock" Fondé par Henri Leproux où de 1955 a 1981 se firent connaître de nombreux talents de la scène Francaise English translation: Here was the Golf Drouot, the "Temple of Rock," founded by Henri Leproux. Where, from 1955 to 1981, many famous talents performed for the French scene. — Map (db m85309) HM
France, Île-de-France (Paris), Paris — Le Lapin AgileHistoire de Paris
Vers 1860, le “Cabaret de Assassins” offre aux parisiens en mal de pittoresque sa terrasse accueillante, ombragée d’un grand acacia, et son petit vin clairet: transformé en auberge en 1886 par une ancienne danseuse fin cordon bleu, il reçoit parmi ses habitués Alphonse Allais, Caran d’Ache ou André Gill. Ce dernier décore la façade d’un lapin facétieux bondissant d’une casserole, et l’habitude se prend de designer l’établissement sous le nom de “Lapin à Gill”, vite . . . — Map (db m60880) HM
France, Île-de-France (Paris), Paris — Le Moulin-RougeThe Moulin Rouge — Histoire de Paris
Sur l’emplacement du bal de la Reine Blanche, Oler et Zidler ouvrent le Moulin-Rouge le 5 octobre 1889. Dans le jardin se promènent des singes en liberté, un énorme éléphant de bois à flancs mobiles abrite un orchestre, et sur une scène de théâtre, évoluent des danseuses mauresques. Cha-U-Kao, Jane Avril, et surtout le “quadrille réaliste” dirigé par la Goulue assurent à l’éstablissement un succcés considérable, immortalisé par les toiles et les affiches de Toulouse-Lautrec. Le 3 . . . — Map (db m60806) HM
France, Île-de-France (Paris), Paris — The Bells of Notre DameLes Cloches de Notre-Dame de Paris
D'avant le période révolutionnaire, il ne subsiste qu'une seule cloche, le bourdon Emmanuel fondu en 1686 par Florentin Le Gay, toujours en dans la tour sud et que le public peut encore admirer. Lors de la grande restauration de la cathédrale au milieu du XIXe siècle, quatre cloches nouvelles furent bénites en 1856: Angélique-Françoise, Antoinette-Charlotte, Hyacinthe-Jeanne et Denise-David. Elles furent réalisées par la fonderie Guillaume et Besson à Angers. Mais elles ne s'accordaient ne . . . — Map (db m85325) HM
Ireland, Connacht (County Roscommon), Cloonyquin — Percy French1854 - 1920
This memorial is erected on the site of the birthplace of William Percy French Born 1st May 1854 and commemorates his life as engineer, song-writer, entertainer, artist and journalist. “Remember me is all I ask, and yet if the remembrance prove a task - forget!” W.P.F. Erected by Co. Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society in 1984. This plaque was erected by Co. Roscommon Percy French Society to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the . . . — Map (db m28177) HM
Ireland, Leinster (County Dublin), Dublin — First Performance of Handel's Messiah
This bronze commemorates the first performance of George Frideric Handel's Oratorio Messiah, given in the Old Musick Hall in Fishamble Street at noon on Tuesday April 13th 1742 — Map (db m22450) HM
Ireland, Leinster (County Dublin), Dublin — William Butler Yeats(1865 - 1939)
“He may be regarded as the pivot around which Irish literature turned from instinctive to conscious art.” (George W. Russell). The memorial, erected in [October] 1967, is a tribute in bronze by Henry Moore, the sculptor. — Map (db m27039) HM
Ireland, Leinster (County Meath), Fordstown — Girley / FordstownMeath Villages
An introduction to Fordstown Fordstown is named after the Norman-Irish Ford family, who lived in the area. One part of the townland is sometimes referred to as Ballaghboy. Today, Fordstown is a growing, vibrant community. ‘Fordstown Street Fair’ is an old world fair, hosted by Fordstown in October each year since 2004. Fordrew Rovers Fordrew Rovers Football Club was formed in 1997 and play in Drewstown. They progressed from Division 4A to Division 1 in four years. They won . . . — Map (db m27318) HM
Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — King Herod's Hippodrome
"Herod built (...) on the south quarter, behind the port, an amphitheater also capable of holding a vast number of men and conveniently situated for a prospect to the sea" Josephus This edifice, whose location perfectly matches Flavius Josephus's description, was built for the inauguration of the city in 10/9 B.C. This hippodrome (circus, in Latin), was the venue for the Actian Games instituted by King Herod in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus. . . . — Map (db m65176) HM
Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — The Chariot-RacesThe Meta Prima
The chariot races thrilled the crowds. The counterclockwise seven-lap race commenced at the starting gates (carceres) (1) and ended at a finishing line situated in front of the dignitaries' tribune (2). At each end of the axial rib (spina) were the two turning points (meta prima and meta secunda). Their sharp curves posed a major challenge to the skilled charioteers and the galloping horses. — Map (db m64537) HM
Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — The Theaterהתיאטרון
The only remnants left from the Theater of Caesarea are rows of seats, the orchestra, the stage and the scene-frons which is an ornamental wall behind the stage. How did it look like? Comparisons show that it might resemble the facade of a two or three-story building with elegant doorways decorated with columns, niches and sculptures. — Map (db m64498) HM
Israel, Northern District, Tsipori — The Theater
The Roman theater was built in the late first or early second century C.E. Carved into the bedrock on the steep northern slope of the hill. It's diameter is 72 m., and it seated 4000. The rows of seats constructed on the hewn bedrock were robbed in antiquity. The lowest three rows are partly reconstructed with original stones. Behind the orchestra (place of the choir during the Greek period, and reserved for honored guests in Roman times) stood a stage. It's floor was made of wooden . . . — Map (db m65405) HM
Italy, Campania (Naples Province), Pompei — Teatro Grande e Quadriportico/Great Theatre and Quadriporticus — Pompeiviva
Il Teatro Grande fu costruito nel II secolo II a.C., addossando la struttura ad una collina lavica e ristrutturato in epoca augustea. La cavea costituita da gradini in tufo o calcare, ospitava circa 5000 persone in tre zone separate da corridoi anulari: l’inferiore (ima cavea), l’intermia (media cavea) e la superior (suma cavea). Alle estremita della gradinata vi erano I palchi d’onore, I tribunalia; al centro l’orchestra e alle spalle il proskenion (podio del palcoscenico) con sullo sfondo . . . — Map (db m47980) HM
Italy, Lazio (Rome Province), Rome — Anfiteatro Flavio/The Flavian Amphitheatre
L’Anfiteatro Flavio, grande edificio pubblico destinato a spettacoli di enorme popolarita, quali le cacce e I combattimenti gladiatori, fu edificato, in luogo del lago atificiale dela Domus Aurea neronicana, dagli imperatori della dinastia Flavia. Il nome originale, Amphitheatrum o Amphitheatrum magnum, fu sostituito nell’Alto Medioevo da Colysaeum, probabilmente per la contiguita co il celeberrimo Colosso eretto da Nerone. La costruzione dell’Anfiteatro inizio ne 72 d.C. e fu . . . — Map (db m47676) HM
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Café del Cazador
Aquí estuvo el popular Café del Cazador 1835-1900 Catálogo de la Insp. Gral. de Monumentos Artísticos e Históricos English translation: In this location was the popular Café del Cazador 1835-1900 — Map (db m90631) HM
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Gallery of HistoryGalería de Historia
También identificada por el público como Museo del Caracol por su forma espiral de caracol marino, fue concebida en 1960 por el Arq. Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, como museo didáctico para niños y jóvenes. Sus doce salas, muestran la historia de México desde final del Virreinato hasta la promulgación de la Constitución de 1917, mediante dioramas, maquetas, interactivos, videos y tableros. Los dioramas y maquetas son representaciones de escenas de la historia de nuestro país, mediante figuras de barro . . . — Map (db m91256) HM
Nicaragua, Masaya — Gonzalo Rivas Novoa
El gran humorista Gonzalo Rivas Novoa (Ge Erre Ene) gloria legitima de la patria. Nacio en esta casa el 13-5-1906 El Club Rotario de Masaya le tributa este homenaje - marzo de 1960 English translation: The great humorist Gonzalo Rivas Novoa (known by his initials, GRN) the nation was legitimately honored by him. He was born in this house on May 13, 1906 The Rotary Club of Masaya honors him with this tribute - March 1960 — Map (db m93651) HM
Switzerland, Bern (Interlaken-Oberhasli), Mürren — James Bond: Curling on the Terrace/Attack on Piz GloriaJames Bond: Curling auf der Terrasse/Angriff auf Piz Gloria
This marker is consists of two plaques located on the back of James Bond figures. Curling auf der Terrasse Das Schilthorn war 1968 Hauptdrehort für den Bond-film "Im Geheimdienst ihrer Majestät". Nach fünf Filmen mit Sean Connery schlüpfte der Australier George Lazenby für dieses eine Mal in die Rolle des britischen Geheimagenten. Die Panoramaterrasse war damals ein Helikopter-Landeplatz, der eigens für den Dreh errichtet wurde. Im Film ist der "Piz Gloria" das Versteck . . . — Map (db m67938) HM
Switzerland, Bern (Interlaken-Oberhasli (District)), Interlaken — Casino Interlaken - Fun and Games since 1859Casino Interlaken - Spiel und Spass seit 1859
Spiel und Spass seit 1859 Das Wechselhafte Spiel mit dem Glück ist eng mit der Geschichte des Kursaals verbunden. Verbote und Erschränkungen sorgten für finanzielle Engpässe. Erst 2002 - der Bundesrat erteilt Interlaken die Konzession für ein Casino - wird der Weg frei für ein ruhiges Spiel in gepflegtem Ambiente. Bei Menschen aller Kulturen sorgen Glückspiele seit Jahrtausenden für knistern des Vergnügen. Öffentliche Casinos bietet auf der der ganzen Welt spannende Spielen in . . . — Map (db m67946) HM
Switzerland, Bern (Interlaken-Oberhasli (District)), Interlaken — From Spa Hall to Congress CentreVom Kursaal Zum Congress Centre
Seit über 150 Jahren bildet der Kursaal das kulturelle und gesellschaftliche Zentrum Interlakens. "Als Haus des Gastes" hat sich der Kursaal stets den aktuellen Bedürfnissen der Gäste angepasst und - mit Respekt auf die historischen Gebäude und die Parkanlagen - zum modernen Congress Centre entwickelt, ohne den besonderen Charme der Gründerzeit zu verlieren. Gesundheit und Vergnügen unter ein Dach zu bringen, dies hatte sich der "Gemeinnützige Verein Interlaken" 1857 zum Ziele gesetzt. . . . — Map (db m67953) HM
Switzerland, Lucerne (Lucerne (District)) — Spiegellabyrinth «Alhambra»Labyrinthe des glaces — Hall of Mirrors
Set up for the amusement park at the Swiss National Exhibition of 1896 in Geneva. Created by Heinrich Ernst, a Zurich architect, the «Alhambra labyrinth of mirrors» was one of the main attractions at the «Parc de Plaisance» during the Swiss National Exhibition in Geneva in 1896. Marie Amrein-Troller, the widow of the Glacier Garden’s founder, who had died young, acquired the labyrinth of mirrors in 1899. The Alhambra in the southern Spanish city of Granada is one . . . — Map (db m67331) HM
Switzerland, Vaud, Montreux — Freddie Mercury
Left marker: Freddie Mercury Lover of Life — Singer of Songs 1946 – 1991 Born Farrokh Bulsara on the East African island of Zanzibar, Freddie Mercury became one of the world’s greatest rock music performers. His career as lead singer of the band Queen spanned twenty years and together they sold over 150 million albums worldwide.

Innovator, showman, musician extraordinaire, he left a compelling legacy and had an enormous influence on the next generation of . . . — Map (db m34825) HM
Turkey, İzmir (Selçuk District), Ephesus — The Great Theatre — [Ephesus]
Büyük Tiyatro [text in Turkish...] The Great Theatre [text in English] The Great Theatre goes back to a preceding structure of the Hellenistic period (3rd-1st century B.C.). In the Roman period there was an extensive rebuilding under the Emperors Domitian (A.D. 81-96) and Trajan (A.D. 98-117) with at first a two-, later three-storeyed impressive facade. In addition to theatre performances, assemblies also took place there; in the later Imperial period, . . . — Map (db m84362) HM
Turkey, Antalya (Serik (district)), Serik — Aspendos
English: In antiquity, central part of Antalya was known as “Pamphylia”, the land of all tribes, and is thought to have been settled originally by migrating people from Anatolia. Pamphylia grew into a populous region and many fine cities were established. None was more impressive, however, than the city of Aspendos. Aspendos was divided into two areas; upper and lower. The lower city provided access for busy river traffic, and contained mainly the shipping and commercial . . . — Map (db m84193) HM
Turkey, Antalya Province (Serik (district)), Serik — The Theatre of AspendosAspendos Tiyatmsu
Theatre of Aspendos is the best preserved ancient theatre in Asia Minor and the most Magnificent Roman building of the province of Pamphylia as well. It was designed by the architect Zeno, son of Theodorus. This theatre by Zeno shows the final culmination of the practical as well as representative ideas of Roman theatre architecture. Two-storied scaenae front is the most impressive part of the theatre. It was covered by marble and luxuriously decorated with forty free-standing columns and . . . — Map (db m84194) HM
Turkey, Istanbul Province (Beyoğlu district), Istanbul — Galatasarayı Hamami
Turkish: Galatasarayı Hamami Tarihinden İnşaası: Sultan Bayazıt.II.1481-1541 ilâve ve tamirler: Sultan Selim II. avcı Mehet. IV. Ahmet.III. mahmu dı restorasiyon Hüseyin Yumuşak 1964 English translation: The Galatasaray Bathhouse since Construction of Sultan Bayazıt.II.1481-1541 Additions and repairs: Sultan Selim II. avcı Mehet.IV., Ahmet.II. The mahmer di Restoration by Hussein . . . — Map (db m84877) HM
Turkey, Istanbul Province (Fatih district), Istanbul — Haseki Hurrem BathhouseHaseki Hürrem Hamamı
English: This building that was one of the great and gorgeous buildings of Ottoman bathhouses in Istanbul, was constructed by Hurrem Sultan in 1556-57. The architect of the building, that was called "Hagias Sophia Bathouse", was Architect Sinan. The building that lost its genuine use in the beginning of Republican era was used as gas tank of the municipality, and was warehouse of State Printing Office for a while. It was ruined due to negligence; also a door was opened in-between . . . — Map (db m84632) HM
Turkey, Izmir Province (Selçuk District), Selçuk — The So-Called House of PleasureAşk Evi Olarka Adlanırılan Yapı — Sogenanntes Freudenhaus
English: In this area three private houses have been identified: in the middle stood House 2, a two-storey peristyle house which was mistakenly interpreted as a house of pleasure for a long time. Used from the 15' century B.C. into the 3” century A.D., its centre, as at House 1, was an open courtyard surrounded with columns around which rooms were grouped; shops (tabernae) opened onto the street. The exterior appearance of the southern part (House 3) was characterized by . . . — Map (db m84364) HM
Turkey, Muǧlai Province (Ortaca (district)), Dalyan — TheaterTiyatro
English: The Theater of Caunus, with a seating capacity for 5000 spectators, faces southwest, complying with the Anatolian tradition and follows Hellenistic tradition with respect to its plan. The Theatron (sic) having a diameter of 75 m and with an inclination of 27 degrees is supported by the Analemma, which rises up to 15 m in places free of the slope. Analemma is separated from the stage building (Skene) by open entrances at two sides (Parados). Theatron is divided into 9 . . . — Map (db m84569) HM
United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Londonderry), Derry-Londonderry — Arthur Joyce Lunel Cary1888 - 1957 — Ulster History Circle
Novelist was born here — Map (db m71124) HM
United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Londonderry), Derry-Londonderry — Artillery Bastion
A night at Talbot's theatre Actor/manager Michael Atkins opened the city's first purpose-built theatre at the top of Artillery Street in 1774. It soon became the fashionable place to be seen especially at grand social occasions when the Assize judges were in town. Dashing young military officers scanned the audience to pick out the belles. By 1830, however, polite society had deserted the theatre on the grounds that audiences were rowdy and made up of 'the lower orders'. The building . . . — Map (db m71080) HM
United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Londonderry), Derry-Londonderry — Water Bastion
Feabhail The river Foyle lapped against the Water Bastion until the late 18th century. The name Foyle probably arose because English-speaking settlers had difficulty saying the Irish 'Feabhail', used traditionally to describe the stretch of water from the sea to Strabane. Some say that it took its name from the legendary chieftain Feabhail who was drowned by a giant wave. The truth is simpler. The word comes from the Welsh for a 'lip', describing the shape of the estuary. Lundy's . . . — Map (db m71122) HM
United Kingdom, Scotland (Argyllsockshire), Stirling — The Holy Grail
Defeat at the castle seems to have utterly disheartened King Arthur ... The ferocity of the French taunting took him completely by surprise and Arthur became convinced that a new strategy was required if the quest for the Holy Grail were to be brought to a successful conclusion. Arthur, having consulted his closest knights, decided that they should separate, and search for the Grail individually. Now, this is what they did. No sooner.... {Blah-blah blah blah blah. Does anybody actually . . . — Map (db m82100) HM
Alabama (Autauga County), Prattville — Wilson Pickett, Jr.March 18, 1941 - January 19, 2006
A native of Prattville, Wilson Pickett was raised singing gospel in local churches. Upon moving to Detroit as a teenager, he began to blend gospel-style with rhythm and blues, resulting in some of "the deepest, funkiest soul music" to come from the Deep South. In 1966, he began working with musicians in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and it was there that he cut some of his biggest hits, including “Land of a Thousand Dances,” “Mustang Sally” and “Funky . . . — Map (db m70804) HM
Alabama (Baldwin County), Orange Beach — Orange Beach, Alabama
Front: Orange Beach was named for the oranges that were grown here and exported until the hard-freezes of 1916. The orange groves are gone, but the name remained. Drawn here by the game they hunted, the early Indians discovered the seafood bounty of the Gulf of Mexico. The shell mounds and archeological digs give evidence of thousands of years of Indian visits. The Spanish land grants of Samuel Suarez and William Kee were the beginnings of area development. Logging and pine sap . . . — Map (db m81851) HM
Alabama (Butler County), Georgiana — City of Georgiana / GA~ANA TheatreFounded in 1855 / Opened 1939
City of Georgiana Founded in 1855 Early settlers moved from Virginia, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia into the deep forests of southern Butler County. In 1855, the Rev. Pitt S. Milner established a home-stead and post office 16 miles south of Greenville that he named Georgiana in honor of his home state and daughter Anna. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad reached here on July 4, 1859. After the Civil War, cotton, corn, oats and sweet potatoes were grown for market. . . . — Map (db m86265) HM
Alabama (Butler County), Georgiana — Hank Williams' Boyhood Home / Thigpen’s Log Cabin Popular Dance Hall
Side 1 Hank Williams' Boyhood Home Hiram Williams lived in Georgiana from age 7 to 11. In 1931, Mrs. Lillie Williams moved Hiram and his sister Irene from rural Wilcox County to this house owned by Thaddeus B. Rose. When he was 8, his mother bought him a guitar for $3.50. Black street musician Rufus (Tee-Tot) Payne became his teacher. Hiram practiced guitar under the raised-cottage house and sang on the streets for tips. The family moved to Greenville in the fall of 1934 . . . — Map (db m81276) HM
Alabama (Colbert County), Sheffield — Percy Sledge/Producer Quin Ivy"When A Man Loves A Woman" / NORALA and Quinvy Studios
(side 1) Percy Sledge "When A Man Loves A Woman" Hospital orderly Percy Sledge recorded 'When a Man Loves a Woman' at Quin Ivy's studio in 1966. Sledge's breakup with a girlfriend inspired the lyrics credited to songwriters Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright. The release featured Marlin Greene (guitar), Spooner Oldham (Farfisa organ), Albert 'Junior' Lowe (bass), Roger Hawkins (drums), Jack Peck (trumpet), Bill Cofield (tenor sax), and Don Pollard (alto sax). Greene and Ivy . . . — Map (db m83390) HM
Alabama (Dallas County), Cahaba — Saltmarsh Hall
In the late 1850s, Cahaba experienced a building boom. Everyone expected the town to prosper because of the new railroad. One of the first large brick structures built in this prosperous period was completed in 1856 by Dr. Saltmarsh. He wanted the town to have a large hall for public occasions. The second floor was fitted up as a concert or exhibition hall. Many fancy dress balls were held here. A small cellar from this structure is still visible today. — Map (db m23009) HM
Alabama (DeKalb County), Fort Payne — Alabama"The Boys From Fort Payne" — 2006 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee
In the late '60s, cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry discovered they shared a common interest in music. Joined by Jeff Cook, they started playing on a regular basis. Working their day jobs and playing any place they could locally in the evenings, "The Boys In The Band" used what limited spare time they had to compose and practice their unique style of harmony. In 1973, in tandem with Randy Owen's graduation from Jacksonville State University, The Band said goodbye to their daytime jobs . . . — Map (db m25277) HM
Alabama (DeKalb County), Fort Payne — Fort Payne Opera House
Opened Sept. 1890. Built during local boom period. Converted into theatre during era of silent movies. Closed as a theatre in October, 1935. Purchased by Landmarks of DeKalb County, Inc. 1969. Renovated, restored and reopened to public in 1970. The oldest theatre in Alabama located in a building originally constructed as a theatre. Listed in National Register of Historic Places and the National Register of 19th Century Theatres in America. — Map (db m83686) HM
Alabama (Elmore County), Alexander City — The Hank Williams Kowaliga Cabin1952
At this site stands the cabin where country music legend Hank Williams composed the song “Kaw-liga” in August, 1952. The song’s title was derived from the name of a Creek Indian town located on the banks of the Kowaliga Creek until 1836. Hank’s September 23, 1952 recording of “Kaw-liga” reached number one on the country music charts in 1953 and has since been recorded by numerous country and popular music artists. Built in 1946 by Darwin and Nell Dobbs, the . . . — Map (db m68038) HM
Alabama (Escambia County), Brewton — Ritz Theater
The Ritz Theater opened its doors on this site September 14, 1936, and for more than fifty (50) years prided itself as the “Hub of the Brewton Community.” Between its first feature, “YOURS FOR THE ASKING” and its last, “CROCODILE DUNDEE,” shown January 22, 1987, the Ritz served as stage for fashion shows, beauty pageants, dances, and various other community events. Stars of the “Grand Ole Opry” and “Hollywood” made live . . . — Map (db m39206) HM
Alabama (Etowah County), Gadsden — Gadsden Municipal Amphitheatre(Legion Park Bowl)
Built of local sandstone in 1935 on land obtained from the American Legion Post No. 5 this municipal amphitheatre seating about 1600 was constructed for staging theatrical and sporting events. Gadsden architect Paul W. Hofferbert designed the open-air arena which is a significant example of the rustic stone construction work of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. The amphitheatre, the adjacent auditorium, and the swimming pool, all W.P.A. projects, comprised the Gadsden Civic Center . . . — Map (db m39140) HM
Alabama (Franklin County), Red Bay — Bay Theater
T. A. Wilson built the theater in 1927. Since Red Bay had no electricity at that time, he used a Delco System. Shortly after, electricity became available and he had to switch from Delco to Alabama Power. When he first started in the business, he rented the back of a store on back street. He then built a building near the location of the Community Spirit Bank today. When the school burned in 1926, some classes were held there. The Red Bay Church of Christ congregation also met in the theater . . . — Map (db m83742) HM
Alabama (Franklin County), Russellville — Historic Roxy Theatre
The Roxy Theatre was built in 1949. It has served as the center of entertainment and a landmark for Russellville and Franklin County for many years. It is the only one of its kind in Alabama. As movie theatres around the country fell victim to television and other forms of home entertainment, The Roxy Theatre was closed in 1976. It remained unoccupied until it was donated to the Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council on December 31, 1987. The non-profit/volunteer organization has worked . . . — Map (db m41131) HM
Alabama (Houston County), Dothan — Johnny Mack Brown
Side A Johnny Mack Brown, an outstanding athlete and western movie star, was born in Dothan on September 1, 1904. Johnny Mack was one of nine children born to John Henry and Hattie McGillivray Brown. The Brown family home was located on South Saint Andrews Street, just a few blocks south of this marker. He excelled as an athlete at Dothan High School and was an All-American halfback at the University of Alabama. It was his performance during Alabama’s 1926 Rose Bowl victory over the . . . — Map (db m83783) HM
Alabama (Jefferson County), Birmingham — 4th Avenue District
The Fourth Avenue "Strip" thrived during a time when downtown privileges for blacks were limited. Although blacks could shop at some white-owned stores, they did not share the same privileges and services as white customers, so they created tailor shops, department stores, cafeterias, billiard parlors, fruit stands, shoe shine shops, laundry service, jewelry and record shops, and taxicab stands. These businesses were distinctively geared toward and managed by blacks. When darkness fell, the . . . — Map (db m26985) HM
Alabama (Jefferson County), Birmingham — East Lake Park
East Lake was planned in 1886 by the East Lake Land Company to help sell home sites to the men who came in the 1870's to work in Birmingham's steel industry. First named Lake Como, after the lake in the Italian Alps, it soon came to be called East Lake. Using water from Roebuck Springs and Village Creek this 45 acre man - made lake, within a 100 acre park, enhanced the area by providing a year round pleasure resort. In a short time East Lake Park became a major recreational center of the . . . — Map (db m83828) HM
Alabama (Jefferson County), Birmingham — Eddie James KendrickDecember 17, 1937 - October 5, 1992
Eddie James Kendrick, nicknamed "cornbread", was born the eldest of five children to Johnny and Lee Bell Kendrick in Union Springs, Alabama. After attending Western-Olin High School in Ensley, Alabama, Eddie was persuaded by his childhood friend Paul Williams to move to Detroit, Michigan. It was there they formed a singing group called "The Primes". While in Detroit, the duo met Otis Williams of the music group "The Distants". The two groups merged forming the legendary "Temptations". . . . — Map (db m26724) HM
Alabama (Jefferson County), Birmingham — Fourth Avenue Historic District.
Marker front: Prior to 1900 a "black business district" did not exist in Birmingham. In a pattern characteristic of Southern cities found during Reconstruction, black businesses developed alongside those of whites in many sections of the downtown area. After the turn of the century, Jim Crow laws authorizing the distinct separation of "the races" and subsequent restrictions placed on black firms forced the growing black business community into an area along Third, Fourth, and Fifth . . . — Map (db m83830) HM
Alabama (Jefferson County), Birmingham — The Alabama TheatreBuilt 1927
Built by the Publix Theater division of Paramount Studios. This movie palace opened on December 26th, 1927. The theatre, in Spanish / Moorish design by Graven and Mayger of Chicago, seated 2500 in a five story, three-tiered auditorium. Paramount's president, Adolph Zukor, named it the "Showplace Of The South". The famous "Mighty Wurlitzer" pipe organ, with 21 sets of pipes, was played for many years by showman Stanleigh Malotte. The Alabama hosted many events including the Miss Alabama Pageant . . . — Map (db m27337) HM
Alabama (Jefferson County), Birmingham — The Little Theater Clark Memorial Theatre Virginia Samford Theatre
Built in 1937 by Gen. Louis Verdier Clark from a design by architect William T. Warren as a community playhouse for cultural activities. It was recognized as one of the best of its kind in the nation. Mrs. Vassar Allen - first president, Bernard Szold - first director, Hill Ferguson and John Henley were founders. In 1955, the building was donated by Gen. Clark's family to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and became known as the Clark Memorial Theatre. Professor James Hatcher . . . — Map (db m27513) HM
Alabama (Jefferson County), Birmingham — Tuxedo Junction
"Tuxedo Junction" was the street car crossing on the Ensley-Fairfield line at this corner in the Tuxedo Park residential area. It also refers to the fraternal dance hall operated in the 1920's and 1930s on the second floor of the adjacent building, and to the 1939 hit song "Tuxedo Junction", written by Birmingham musician-composer Erskine Hawkins, who grew up nearby and became a well known big band leader in New York City.         "Co-ome on down, forget your care,         Co-ome on . . . — Map (db m25623) HM
Alabama (Jefferson County), Homewood — Edgewood Lake (Drained 1940's) Birmingham Motor & Country Club / Edgewood Country Club(Demolished 1930's)
The developers of the Town of Edgewood, Stephen Smith and Troupe Brazelton, built the beautiful 117.4 acre lake and clubhouse in 1913-15. Amenities included a swimming pool, dance pavilion, fishing, boating and parking for hundreds of automobiles. Similar to golf or tennis clubs, this was instead a driving club since the ownership of an automobile was the latest rage. A great race track, designed after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was begun and graded but never completed. It's north and . . . — Map (db m26963) HM
Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — Kelton D. (Kelso) HerstonCity of Florence Walk of Honor
Starting his musical career in the 1950's, Kelso Herston became a leader, playing guitar with hundreds of performers, producing more than 50 recording artists, publishing 100+ hit songs and creating more than 5,000 commercial jingles. — Map (db m84027) HM
Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — Samuel Cornelius PhillipsCity of Florence Walk of Honor
Known as the "Father of Rock and Roll," Sam Phillips established Sun Records in 1952, helping Elvis Presley and other well-known artists launch their careers. He received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in music. — Map (db m84046) HM
Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — The Father of Rock ’N’ Roll / Sam Phillips in Florence
Side A Sam Phillips fell in love with the miracle of sound and the unifying power of music. Moving to Memphis, Tennessee, he embraced the beauty of the blues with his early recordings of Howlin Wolf, B.B. King and other delta artists. In 1951 the maverick producer cut the first “Rock ’N’ Roll” record, “Rocket 88.” Three years later he revolutionized American music with his discovery of the dynamic Elvis Presley. His credo was passionate conviction, originality, . . . — Map (db m29270) HM
Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — The Rolling Stones in the Shoals in 1969/Sticky Fingers Ranks Among Greatest Albums
(side 1) The Rolling Stones in the Shoals in 1969 The Rolling Stones stayed at the Florence Holiday Inn on this site for several nights while recording at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield. When a hired engineer failed to arrive, studio co-owner "Swamper" Jimmy Johnson engineered the sessions on Dec. 2, 3, and 4, 1969. They recorded original songs "Wild Horses" and "Brown Sugar" and covered "You Gotta Move." The band flew to San Francisco and debuted "Brown . . . — Map (db m79565) HM
Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — Thomas Sigismund StriblingCity of Florence Walk of Honor
In 1934, T.S. Stribling won the Pulitzer Prize for The Store, part of a trilogy set in Florence. His story "Birthright" was produced in Hollywood as a silent movie and, later, with sound. — Map (db m29102) HM
Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — W. C. Handy Birthplace
(side 1) William Christopher Handy, widely honored as the “Father of the Blues,” was born in this house on November 16, 1873. In his autobiography, Handy traced the key events in his discovery of the blues back to his time in the Mississippi Delta, beginning in 1903. He also wrote that the music he had heard as a child in Florence “generated the motif for my blues.” Here he also received the musical training in school and church that prepared him for his . . . — Map (db m90306) HM
Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — William Christopher HandyCity of Florence Walk of Honor
Born in Florence in 1873, W.C. Handy wrote some of the country's most recognizable blues music such as the "St. Louis Blues." He became internationally known as the "Father of the Blues." — Map (db m28890) HM
Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — William Christopher HandyHome-Museum-Library
(side 1) William Christopher Handy was born on November 16, 1873, in this two-room log cabin, which was located approximately one-half mile north of this site. In 1954, the cabin was dismantled, placed in storage, and restored to its original condition at this location in 1970. Handy grew up in Florence where his father and grandfather were Methodist-Episcopal ministers. Early in life, he developed a deep understanding and appreciation for religious music as performed in black . . . — Map (db m90292) HM
Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — William D. "Buddy" KillenCity of Florence Walk of Honor
Buddy Killen earned international renown as a music publisher, songwriter, record producer and recording artist. He help launch the careers of a host of well-known musicians during the last half of the 20th century. — Map (db m28905) HM
Alabama (Limestone County), Elkmont — Elkmont Pride: Family-School-Church
Limestone County High School (grades 9-12) was established in 1912. Money for the building, nearly $10,000, was obtained from three sources: the sale of property of an old Elkmont Elementary School, state funds, and private donations. Honored and proud to have the first county high school, Elkmont citizens were saddened when a tornado damaged the top story in 1937. The remodeled Limestone County High School, 1937. The Elkmont Methodist Church opened its doors in 1884. The original . . . — Map (db m93851) HM
Alabama (Madison County), Huntsville — Tallulah Bankhead / I. Schiffman Building1902-1968 / Birthplace of Tallulah Bankhead — Alabama’s Best-Known Actress
Side A Tallulah Bankhead was the toast of the London theatre in the 1920's, and nationally renowned for her dramatic roles in “The Little Foxes” (1939), “The Skin of Our Teeth” (1942), the movie “Lifeboat” (1944), and as emcee of the “The Big Show“ (NBC Radio, 1950-52). She was born in Huntsville on January 31, 1902, in an apartment of the I. Schiffman Building (see other side). Her father, then Huntsville City Attorney, was later Speaker . . . — Map (db m27850) HM
Alabama (Marengo County), Demopolis — The Demopolis Opera House / Lillian Hellman AndThe Little Foxes
The Demopolis Opera House In 1876, the town of Demopolis leased the former Presbyterian Church, a classic brick structure built in 1843 and occupied by federal troops during Reconstruction, to the Demopolis Opera Association. The association revitalized the building as a theater for live performances and civic lectures. Though heavily dependent upon local talent, the Opera House also featured professional actors and entertainers from places such as New York and New Orleans until . . . — Map (db m38009) HM
Alabama (Marengo County), Demopolis — The Demopolis Theater District
Side A Establishing a history of theaters in this district, the Braswell Theater introduced its ornate interior to Demopolis on October 23, 1902, with a performance of the melodrama Unorna. Built by Frederick Henry Braswell in galleries above his hardware store on Strawberry Avenue, the theater provided a local stage for operas, plays and minstrel shows into the 1920s. A popular silent screen star from Alabama, Henry B. Walthall, appeared live in the drama Taken In at . . . — Map (db m85845) HM
Alabama (Mobile County), Bayou La Batre — Bayou La Batre, Alabama
The stream near the site, known as Bayou la Batre, was known during the period of French occupation as "Riviere d'Erbane," then as "Rivere la batterie" because of the French artillery battery located on its banks. The town's name consists of bayou, the Gallicized form of "bok," the Choctaw word for "creek," and "la batre," derived from "la batterie." Clarence Mallet, who was born in St. Martinville, Louisiana moved to Bayou La Batre in 1925. Mallet brought with him a strong belief that God's . . . — Map (db m85905) HM
Alabama (Mobile County), Mobile — Joe CainOctober 10, 1832 - April 17, 1904
Joseph Stillwell Cain, Jr. was born along Dauphin Street in Mobile, Alabama. Joe served as a clerk for the city, and developed many mystic societies within the city. The Civil War brought all Mardi Gras Festivities to a halt. Cain had participated in Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1865, and returned to Mobile determined to revive the celebration. In 1866, while under Union occupation, Joe Cain paraded through the streets of Mobile, dressed in a costume as a fictional . . . — Map (db m86730) HM
Alabama (Mobile County), Mobile — Saenger Theatre
Opening night, January 19, 1927, saw crowds gather to hear local dignitaries praise Mobile's "Place of Entertainment". Today the Saenger Theatre remains the entertainment center of downtown. Designed by Emile Weil in the French Renaissance style, it's ornate decorations recall the mythology of ancient Greece blended with coastal ornaments such as seahorses and shells. Constructed as a home to vaudeville and silent movies, the Theatre was one of several hundred movie houses owned by Julian . . . — Map (db m86503) HM
Alabama (Mobile County), Mobile — Site of Mobile's First Theater
Erected in 1824 N. M. Ludlow whence Theater Street derives its name — Map (db m86437) HM
Alabama (Mobile County), Mobile — Site of Sixth Mobile Theatre1841-1860
Here played the great of the American and British stage, among them: James Wallack, Fanny Kemble, Ole Bull, Joseph Field, Joseph Jefferson, James H. Hackett, William Macready, Charlotte Cushman, Edwin Forrest, Julia Dean, Junius Booth, Anna Mowatt, Charles Kean, Ellen Tree, Edwin Booth, and Lola Montez. Henry Clay and President Fillmore attended performances here as the guests of Madame Le Vert. — Map (db m86352) HM
Alabama (Monroe County), Frisco City — Frisco City Town Park
Historical Marker This park area was given to the Jones Mill, now Frisco City community, by J.W. Jones in the year 1913. — Map (db m84380) HM
Alabama (Montgomery County), Maxwell Air Force Base — The ThunderbirdsThe Epitome of Teamwork
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful, yet, for those who are trained by it, afterwards, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Hebrews 4:11 Maj. Norman L. Lowry III Capt. Willie T. Mays Capt. Joseph "Pete" Peterson Capt. Mark E. Melancon We salute your commitment to duty, honor, and country. — Map (db m64484) WM
Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Birthplace of Nat "King" Cole
Nat King Cole was a jazz pianist, composer, and singer celebrated as an American popular music artist in the 1940s and 1950s. He was born March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama as one of five children to Edward James Coles, a minister at Beulah Baptist Church in Montgomery, and Perlina Adams Coles, who sang in the choir. He began formal lessons at the age of 12, eventually learning not only jazz and gospel but also classical music. By age 17, he wrote songs and played jazz piano in his . . . — Map (db m71228) HM
Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Lincoln Cemetery / Rufus Payne, 1884-1939
Side 1 Lincoln Cemetery 1907 In 1907 the American Securities Company opened Lincoln Cemetery for African Americans and Greenwood Cemetery for whites, the first commercial cemeteries in the city. Landscape design indicates Olmstead influences with curving drives and two circular sections. Space allotted for 700 graves with first interment in 1908. Most graves are simple concrete slabs with evidences of African-American funerary art and late-Victorian motifs. Marble markers . . . — Map (db m71342) HM
Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Montgomery City Hall / Funeral for Hank Williams
(Front) Built 1936-37 Following a fire in 1932 that destroyed a 19th century City Hall, architect Frank Lockwood designed a replacement for the same site. With the Depression affecting all construction projects during the period, the city received federal assistance through the Works Progress Administration. Completed in 1937, the City Hall included offices for city officials and an auditorium to accommodate large crowds for public programs, debutante balls and social gatherings. . . . — Map (db m36571) HM
Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Montgomery Theatre
Opened in Oct. 1860 as the South moved closer to secession, the theatre was significant in the social, cultural and political life of the city. In the early months, John Wilkes Booth performed here, Bryant Minstrels introduced "Dixie," which was transcribed for the Montgomery Brass Band. Southern leaders Robert Toombs, Alexander Stephens and William L. Yancey addressed packed houses. Later the city's location on route between New Orleans and Atlanta brought performers Edwin Forrest, Joseph . . . — Map (db m36572) HM
Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Pickett Springs / “The Best Public Resort”
Pickett Springs Railroad building and amusement park development flourished in the post-bellum South. In 1880s, Western Railroad of Alabama opened Pickett Springs on site of William Harris’s plantation, “Forest Farm;” Harris’s daughter, Sarah, married A. J. Pickett, Alabama’s first historian, and they had their home here until Pickett’s death in 1858. Pickett Springs occupied portion of land as community of Chisholm developed nearby. During World War I Camp Sheridan, . . . — Map (db m38900) HM
Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Rosa Parks Montgomery Bus Boycott / Hank Williams Alabama Troubadour
Side A At the bus stop on this site on December 1, 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to boarding whites. This brought about her arrest, conviction, and fine. The Boycott began December 5, the day of Parks’ trial, as a protest by African - Americans for unequal treatment they received on the bus line. Refusing to ride the buses, they maintained the Boycott until the U. S. Supreme Court ordered integration of public transportation one year later. Dr. Martin Luther . . . — Map (db m86422) HM
Alabama (Montgomery County), Pike Road — Marks HouseCirca 1825
Built by William Matthews Marks, who immigrated from Oglethrope County, GA, on acreage purchased from the U.S. land office in Cahaba, AL for $1.25 per acre. Foundation is pegged-together heart pine; framing is 3" by 9" timbers; mantles, dados, and all the brick are hand made. Kitchen, baths, a rose garden and pavilion for dancing were added by the Churchill Marks family in the 1920s. The house was purchased by Dr. Haywood B. (Woody) Bartlett in 1957. In 1967, the movie of Truman's . . . — Map (db m86472) HM
Alabama (Morgan County), Decatur — Beauty and HopeRestoring the Vision...Preserving The Legacy
"This section lying between Sixth Avenue and Eight Avenue will provide the central beautification theme as it will evolve into a beautiful elevated rose garden with 2,000 selected roses planted at vantage points... the color ensemble, when complete is expected to be one of rare beauty." The Decatur Daily December 30, 1933 During the difficult years of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt used park projects to provide a vision of hope in the future. As part of the New Deal . . . — Map (db m86480) HM
Alabama (Morgan County), Decatur — Recreation and RefreshmentRestoring the Vision ... Preserving the Legacy
"We are definitely in an era of building; the best kind of buildings - the building of great projects for the benefit of the public and with the definite objectives of building human happiness". Franklin Delano Roosevelt Delano park was created with the democratic vision of a space that provides recreation and refreshment for all. As part of the "City Beautiful" movement of the late 19th century, parks and greenspaces were important components of sound civic planning. Early known . . . — Map (db m86510) HM
Alabama (Morgan County), Decatur — Social and Cultural OpportunitiesRestoring the Vision...Preserving The Legacy
"It is intended that the city shall be not only a first class business and manufacturing place but at the same time it shall be a delightful place for the home and family." -Promotional brochure from the Decatur Land Improvement and Furnace Company While the Industrial Revolution transformed the country, the vision of "Home Sweet Home" was increasingly important. In addition to economic advantages, the town's planners made sure that cultural, social, recreational, educational, and . . . — Map (db m53667) HM
Alabama (Perry County), Uniontown — Green Gables1928-1983
Site of the road-house, Green Gables, built in 1928, which became the social center of the Black Belt. It was known for its lively but restrained atmosphere provided by a dance floor, juke box, and excellent T-bone steaks. Mr. Walter Kemp was the Manager for many years. The facade of the white board-and-batten building featured a very large gable as its center section. The roof tile and shutters were green. Two cabins built on the premises were later attached as rear rooms to the main . . . — Map (db m70064) HM
Alabama (Shelby County), Pelham — Pelham, Alabama / Ballantrae Golf Course
Side 1 Pelham, Alabama Pelham, located in Shelby County, Alabama, acquired its name in approximately 1867. It was named for “Gallant Pelham” who fought in the Confederate Army and was killed in action at Kelly’s Ford, Virginia on March 17, 1863 at the young age of 24. Major John Pelham gallantly fought and protected the Confederacy Prison Camp located at Cahawba. The town was officially incorporated on July 10, 1964, at which time it has a population of 654. . . . — Map (db m76260) HM
Alabama (Winston County), Arley — The Party Line - The “Talking Machine”Historic Corner
Here was located the switchboard known as “Central”, of Winston Telephone, Arley’s Grand Old Party Line. Built about 1909 by Mimm Wright, with an estimated maximum of 25 phones, she was the pulse of the community. When one phone rang, they all rang; and everybody “listened in”. The system died piece-meal, as she was built, and breathed her last about 1920. Also housed here was one of the earliest known phonographs in the community, owned by Ed Baldwin. People walked for . . . — Map (db m42857) HM
Alaska (Fairbanks North Star Borough), Fairbanks — "The Line"
Noticeable among the earliest pioneers settling in Fairbanks were prostitutes, women of the demimonde who stampeded to the new Fairbanks gold camp from Dawson, Circle City, Rampart and points beyond. In a city where men far outnumbered women, earnings from prostitution were normally higher than wages for other, more respectable jobs available to women. Still the prostitute’s life and work were hard. Pimps and hangers-on lived off some of the women and squandered their money.

Tales of the . . . — Map (db m47404) HM

Alaska (Fairbanks North Star Borough), Fairbanks — Lacey Street Theater (1939)504 Second Avenue — (the corner of 2nd & Lacey St)
Construction of the Lacey Street Theater began in 1939, and this Art Deco style building opened in 1940. Austin E. “Cap” Lathrop, Fairbanks businessman and financier, was its owner. The Lacey Street Theater, with its distinguished neon sign, ornamental concrete details, and architectural style is a prominent building in downtown Fairbanks. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 14, 1990, the theater is a popular social center in town, showing movies into the . . . — Map (db m58989) HM
Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Creek Street‘Cat’houses & Sporting Women
Ketchikan’s notorious Creek Street, early Alaska’s most infamous red-light district, still retains traces of the gaudy rouge of a half-century of speakeasies and sporting women. Here the fame of Black Mary, Thelma Baker and Dolly Arthur outlived the turnover of many of the girls with “stage” names such as Frenchie, Prairie Chicken, Deep Water Mary and Dirty Neck Maxine. The glow of their porch light globes—inscribed with their names—lured the crews of the North . . . — Map (db m42631) HM
Arizona (Coconino County), Grand Canyon National Park — El Tovar HotelBegun 1903, Completed 1905
Named for Don Pedro de Tovar, the first European to visit the Hopi Indian villages in 1540, the hotel was constructed by Hopi Indian craftsmen at a cost of $250,000 employing logs shipped by train from Oregon and native Kaibab Limestone. The El Tovar Hotel has been host to thousands of visitors since its dedication in 1905 and is operated by the National Parks Division of Fred Harvey, Inc. The El Tovar Hotel has been listed in the Historical Registry of the United States since September 6, 1974. — Map (db m39477) HM
Arizona (Coconino County), Grand Canyon National Park — Grandview, 1898
"No language can fully describe, no artist paint the beauty, grandeur, immensity and sublimity of this most wonderful production of Nature's great architect. [Grand Canyon] must be seen to be appreciated." C.O. Hall, Grand Canyon visitor, 1895. Reports like this from early tourists aroused curiosity and stimulated Grand Canyon tourism. The year is 1898, and you have come to decide whether the lofty reports you've heard about Grand Canyon are true. Pete Berry, . . . — Map (db m39659) HM
Arizona (Coconino County), Grand Canyon National Park — Hopi HouseMary Elizabeth Jane Colter
Hopi House opened on January 1, 1905, the first Grand Canyon work of architect Mary Colter. To complement El Tovar, their new hotel, the Fred Harvey Company commissioned Colter to design a building to display and sell Indian arts and crafts. Colter designed Hopi House to resemble a true Indian dwelling, modeling it after structures in the Hopi village of Old Oraibi. When it opened, Hopi House contained sales areas and a museum. Upper floors housed Hopi families who worked here. Visitors . . . — Map (db m39478) HM
Arizona (Coconino County), Wupatki National Monument — The BallcourtA Mexican Idea at Wupatki
Ballcourts were common in southern Arizona from A.D. 750 to 1200, but relatively rare here in the northern part of the state. This suggests that the people of Wupatki intermingled with their southern Arizona neighbors - the Hohokam - who may have borrowed and modified the ballcourt idea from earlier contact with the Indian cultures of Mexico. There is continued speculation about the uses of the ballcourts. Because of the work involved in building a ballcourt and the numbers that have been . . . — Map (db m41696) HM
Arizona (Pinal County), Oracle — La Casa Del High JinksNational Register of Historic Places — Historic Site
On this site on April 14, 1912, Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody – Pony Express rider, plainsman, Indian Wars scout, and Wild West showman – staked the High Jinks gold mine, after investing in Oracle mining for ten years. He sometimes stayed and entertained at a cabin here until his death in 1917. In the 1920s, Mexican stonemasons helped Cody's foster son Lewis H. "Johnny" Baker, wife Olive Burgess Baker, her sister Marie Burgess Way and husband Forest Ranger Lewis Claude . . . — Map (db m70305) HM
Arizona (Yuma County), Yuma — Gandolfo Theater1917 — National Register of Historic Places
Built by John Gandolfo, this brick landmark served as a 635 seat theater and vaudeville house, a WW II USO canteen and was a center of community activity from 1917 to 1950. The third floor ballroom was destroyed by fire in 1925. Dedicated December 1999, by the City of Yuma for the preservation of our heritage. Mayor Marilyn R. Young Council Members Bobby Brooks – Karen Hill – Louise Renault Art Everett – Frank Irr – Ema Lea Shoop Joyce Wilson – . . . — Map (db m28987) HM
Arkansas (Benton County), Rogers — Victory Theater

The Rogers Victory Theater Opened Monday, December 5, 1927, to a packed crowd of 750. First Production: "American Beauty" Notable Performers Over the Years: Will Rogers, Conway Twitty Designed by A.O. Clarke Built by John Myler It was the second theater in Rogers. It was the first to have a fire proof projection booth. The sound system was added in 1929 for "talking pictures". First air-conditioned building in Rogers. 10,526 square feet - $35,000 original cost . . . — Map (db m90740) HM

Arkansas (Carroll County), Eureka Springs — The Crescent Hotel & Spa

May 20, 1886... America's newest and most luxurious hotel built at a cost of $294,000.

It was two years ago that Powell Clayton and his associates chose the site of the new Crescent Hotel... twenty seven acres at the north end of West Mountain, a majestic location overlooking the valley. The commissioning of Isaac S. Taylor as architect was announced and construction commenced. Special wagons were constructed to transport the huge pieces of limestone from the quarry site on White . . . — Map (db m80116) HM

Arkansas (Carroll County), Eureka Springs — The Perry House - Basin Park Hotel

1884 - Cutter's Guide The Eureka Springs of Arkansas The hotels and boarding houses of Eureka Springs are numerous. The Perry House is the only real first-class hotel in the city; and we say this with no disparagement of the Southern, Hancock, Harper or other houses that would be the first-class houses but for the Perry House.

The Perry House 1881-1890 This first-class hotel was built around two-years ago, by Mr. Joseph Perry, of Colorado, a gentleman who . . . — Map (db m79733) HM

Arkansas (Phillips County), Helena — KFFA 1360 HelenaSounds from the Soil & Soul
The music of the Arkansas Delta is the music of America. With roots in gospel or "church music," the blues, jazz, country, and rock n'roll flowed from the rich, fertile landscape bordering the lower Mississippi River and spread out across the country and the world. Follow the Arkansas Delta Music Trail to experience the sounds that shaped the land, its people, and the nation. KFFA 1360 Helena King Biscuit Time "King Biscuit Time" first aired live on November 21, 1941, on Helena, . . . — Map (db m51908) HM
Arkansas (Sebastian County), Fort Smith — The New Theatre in 1911

Ten years before the outbreak of the Civil War, the Old Red Mill stood on the future site of the New Theatre. The mill was used as a hospital during the Civil War, was damaged by the 1898 cyclone and finally disappeared around 1908. On the back section of the property the George T. Sparks estate built the 1,200 seat New Theatre in 1911. Designed as a Beaux Arts style playhouse by Kansas City architect Carl Boller, modeled after the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City. The lavish . . . — Map (db m92362) HM

California (Alameda County), Berkeley — American Photoplayer Co.Cooper Woodworking Buildings — 1912-1920
City of Berkeley Landmark designated in 1986 Over the years this complex housed Cooper Woodworking, the Sperry Flour Company, the American Photoplayer Company, and other industrial and manufacturing enterprises. American Photoplayer manufactured a musical instrument that produced mechanical music “like an orchestra” for use in movie theaters. The company went out of business in the late 1920s when “talkies” were introduced. An elevated sawdust hopper (removed in . . . — Map (db m53818) HM
California (Alameda County), Berkeley — Berkeley Y.M.C.A.City of Berkeley Landmark - designated in 1990 — Benjamin G. McDougall, Architect - 1910
Originating among working class Englishmen in 1844, the Young Men's Christian Association was brought to North America in 1851 to promote a "full and balanced life" through religious devotion and athletic activity. Berkeley's charter organization was established in 1903. Business and service organizations raised the substantial sum of $118,003 to construct this Georgian Revival style building, designed by the architect of the nearby Shattuck Hotel, on land donated by Rosa M. Shattuck and her . . . — Map (db m50295) HM
California (Alameda County), Berkeley — John Hinkel ParkClubhouse: John Gregg, Designer, 1918 — Amphitheater: Vernon Dean, Designer, 1934
City of Berkeley Landmark designated in 2001 In 1919 John and Ada Hinkel donated seven hillside areas to the City of Berkeley in appreciation of the Boy Scouts’ service to the nation during the First World War. Before making their gift, the Hinkels added a playground, trails, a massive stone fireplace, and clubhouse. John Gregg, University of California landscape professor and president of the city’s park commission, contributed to the park design and designed the rustic redwood . . . — Map (db m53849) HM
California (Alameda County), Berkeley — Spenger’s Fish Grottoc. 1890 — City of Berkeley Landmark - Designated in 2001
Clam chowder, baked beans and 10¢ beer – these and fish dinners drew crowds to fabled Spenger’s. It all began in the 1860s when Johann Spenger from Bavaria started fishing in the Bay. The gabled structure he built here housed his business and family. In the 1930s, son Frank opened a ground floor restaurant, gradually adding dining rooms and bars as the establishment’s popularity grew. Celebrities from Ernest Hemingway and Clack Gable to Jack Dempsey and Joe DiMaggio rubbed elbows with . . . — Map (db m52303) HM
California (Alameda County), Berkeley — Strand (Elmwood) TheaterAlbert W. Cornelius, Architect — 1914
City of Berkeley Landmark designated in 1982 Built as the Strand Theater in the Art Nouveau architectural style, this was one of the neighborhood’s first commercial structures. Admission was ten cents for adults, five for children and the theater advertised as “catering to the family.” After closing in 1941, it reopened as the Elmwood in 1947, with a new zigzag Moderne decor. The opening movies were “The Macomber Affair,” starring UC Berkeley alumnus Gregory Peck, and . . . — Map (db m54813) HM
California (Alameda County), Castro Valley — Rowell Ranch
Once a hiding and trading place in the 1850's for the notorious bandit Joaquin Murrieta, known in California as "El Famoso," this canyon has produced many rodeos dating back to the rancho days circa 1820. Harry Rowell, originally from England, held his first rodeo in 1921 and purchased this land in 1925. Quickly he became known as the "Rodeo King of the West." The Rowell Ranch Rodeo Assn. celebrates the 75th annual rodeo in 1995. In 1978, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District . . . — Map (db m94033) HM
California (Alameda County), Fremont — Essanay Film Studio
The western branch studio of the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company stood on this site from 1913 to 1933. It was the first movie studio built for that purpose in Northern California. The Essanay company of 52 people led by movie star cowboy Gilbert M. “Broncho Billy” Anderson arrived in Niles in April 1912, attracted to this community by its favorable weather and Niles Canyon scenery. Over 100 films were made from their headquarters in a barn on Second Street by the time the . . . — Map (db m63811) HM
California (Alameda County), Fremont — Essanay Studio SiteAmerica’s First Hollywood
Francis X. Bushman, Charlie Chaplin, Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Ben Turpin, Vic “Slippery Sam” Pottel and “Alkalie (sic) Ike” starred here 1910/1912. Earliest films starred Gilbert Anderson (Max Aronson) alias “Bronco Billy,” 1958 Oscar winner. What colorful secrets echo thru Niles Canyon, these streets and bungalows of Niles glorious past. — Map (db m64009) HM
California (Alameda County), Oakland — Jefferson Square Park
1853 Oakland was shaped by seven GREEN SQUARES Downtown’s living rooms now only five Parks bring out the Goodness of good people — Map (db m72832) HM
California (Alameda County), Oakland — 884 — Paramount Theatre
This is a superior rendering of the "Art Deco" or "Moderne" style of movie palace built during the rise of the motion picture industry. The Paramount, which opened on December 16, 1931, is the most ambitious theatre design of architect Timothy L. Pflueger. Restored in 1973, it has retained an exceptional unity of style. California Registered Historical Landmark No. 884 Plaque placed by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Theatre Historical Society, December 16, 1976 — Map (db m54073) HM
California (Alameda County), Oakland — Seventh Street
Spine of West Oakland The elevated BART tracks are the latest link in Seventh Street's long history as the transportation spine of West Oakland. The street once led to the long Wharf and Mole on the western waterfront where the Central/Southern Pacific maintained its transcontinental terminus. The ferry terminal served westbound passengers heading for San Francisco, and eastbound passengers boarding both local electric trams and steam trains for destinations across the country. The . . . — Map (db m92787) HM
California (Alameda County), Pleasanton — Rancho El Valle de San Jose
This grandstand is located on a portion of the historic Rancho El Valle de San Jose, granted to Pico, Sunol and Bernal by Mexico in 1839 forming part of Mission San Jose lands. Early settlers trained and raced horses here over 100 years ago. — Map (db m65971) HM
California (Amador County), Ione — Ione's Annual Picnic
In 1876 Ione’s Annual Picnic moved from Shakeley Hill to this location. The 100 acre park is part of an 1840 land grant and was leased to the city by the Howard Estate May 11, 1967. The park during it’s early years hosted many of the important horse events of the day. Today horse shows and horse racing are still part of the celebration held the first weekend in May. — Map (db m42400) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Oroville State Theatre
Oroville State Theatre has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United State Department of the Interior Built 1928 — Map (db m61555) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — The American
Site of First Theater in Oroville The American (Seal of the American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976) — Map (db m65838) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — History of Marsh Creek Springs
Founded in 1927 by Gerald (Jerry) Gill and family, the park consisted of four picnic sections, over forty acres, four baseball diamonds, two swimming pools, a wading pool for children, large dance hall and two snack bars. At one time the grounds entertained 5,000 people on a week end arriving in over 1,200 cars. In 1957 a cloudburst on the east side of Mt. Diablo sent a twelve foot torrent of water down Marsh Creek destroying the park. Rebuilt that year - it was again destroyed in 1962 . . . — Map (db m94663) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Clayton — Old Marsh Creek Springs
This area in the mid 1850s, was a known hideout for legendary bandit Joaquin Murrieta, who worked as a vaquero for John Marsh on his rancho just east of here. It was also frequented by John "Grizzly" Adams, famed California mountain man. In 1927 Old Marsh Creek Springs was the site of the first natural swimming pool in Contra Costa County. Gerould (Jerry) and Verna Gill founded Old Marsh Creek Springs, which consisted of four baseball fields, two swimming pools and a large dance hall. The . . . — Map (db m94657) HM
California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — Cerrito Theater
The Cerrito Theater opened Christmas Day, 1937. Architect William B. Davis included Art Deco elements and fanciful murals in the theater. The theater closed in 1966 and was restored forty years later by the El Cerrito Redevelopment Agency. — Map (db m94120) HM
California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — Contra Costa Civic Theatre
Founded in 1959 by residents Louis and Bettianne Flynn (with help of about thirty other volunteers). CCCT's original theatre was located just north of here. CCCt has served as El Cerrito's premier community theatre for more than fifty years. — Map (db m94210) HM
California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — El Cerrito's Nightlife
From the late 1920s until the early 1950s, El Cerrito and nearby unincorporated areas were popular destinations for people to play the slots, high-low games, numbers and more while enjoying fine food and entertainment. — Map (db m94100) HM
California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — Holy Ghost Festa
The Festival of the Holy Ghost was started in Portugal by Queen Izabel to celebrate the end of a famine in 1296. Since the 1920s, Portuguese Americans have gathered in El Cerrito in late June to carry out this annual tradition with a parade, the selection of a new festival queen, and traditional Portuguese food, including sopas. Map (db m94192) HM
California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — Summertime Fun in El Cerrito
Golden Gate Lanes, El Cerrito's only bowling alley was located near here. Other summer staples included Bardon's Fruit Market, Betsy's Kitchen and Big Boys Barbecue, Motorcycle Hill, the Whoopie Bumps, and Peek-a-Boo Park, an early auto-court (motel). — Map (db m94222) HM
California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — The 'IT' Club
Walt Gatto's "IT" Club, located at Central and San Pablo was named for Clara Bow, the famous cinema "IT" Girl. Redd Foxx, Gypsy Rose Lee, The Vagabonds, Sally Rand, Frank Fontaine, and Johnny Mathis all played the famous "IT" Club. — Map (db m94122) HM
California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — The Six Bells & Cerro Square
The Figone family's "Six Bells" restaurant stood near here for many years. Later Berkeley-born and well-known Major League Baseball player (and later manager) Billy Martin opened "Cerro Square" here in the early 1960s. — Map (db m94124) HM
California (Contra Costa County), El Cerrito — Violet's
After running kitchens in early hotspots such as the "IT" Club and Six Bells, Violet Wong went on to become a culinary pioneer in El Cerrito by introducing Chinese American food. In 1945, Violet and her husband, Albert Wong, opened Violet's Dining Room just south of here. They offered everything from chop suey and Chinese fire pot cooking to an American favorite, apple pie. — Map (db m94126) HM
California (Contra Costa County), El Sobrante — Cowboy Country
This was the site of Pitt Arena, which featured equestrian events during the 1930s and 1940s .Owned by Babe and Claude Pitt, the arena showcased the horsemanship of the El Sobrante Horseman's Association, San Pablo Horseman's Association, Western Riders Club, and El Sobrante Junior Riders, among others. El Sobrante is still home to may horse lovers and owners. The Pitt Way private road keeps the Pitt Arena memory alive. — Map (db m94278) HM
California (Contra Costa County), El Sobrante — Park Theatre
Opened in 1949, the Park Theatre was the only commercial movie theatre in El Sobrante. It was owned and built by Dick Jeha, member of a prominent local family in the business community. More than just a movie house, the Park served for years as a site for live shows and civic and charitable events. Throughout the 1950s and 60s it was, in many ways, the hear of the town. — Map (db m94296) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Lafayette — Lafayette Town Hall
Community spirit led to construction of this hall by the Lafayette Improvement Club. Land was donated by Frank and Rose Ghiglione with funds and labor provided by the townspeople. A grand opening ball and midnight supper were held on May 1, 1914. Since then the town has been a center of community life. Town Hall was declared a city landmark in 1978. Lafayette Historical Society 1978 — Map (db m49861) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Port Costa — The Burlington HotelEstablished 1883
Port Costa's old timers are quite certain that the rumor of the Burlington Hotel being a bordello is untrue. Their reasoning is that the respected owners and their families lived nearby, therefore it could not have been a bordello. However, the archives of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus will once and for all put to rest these rumors. Our records indicate that not only was the Burlington Hotel a bordello, but it was highly ranked among the California bordellos of the era. . . . — Map (db m57971) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Walnut Creek — 190 — City Park & Walnut FestivalCivic Drive and Broadway
Walnut Creek's first park - City Park (now Civic Park) - opened in 1949 at the site of an abandoned sewer farm. City Park had a lighted ballfield and tennis courts and, until 1976, was the site of the annual Walnut Festival, held in September. — Map (db m93798) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Walnut Creek — 196 — Civic Art Theatre ("Nuthouse")1601 Civic Dr. — 1965
By the mid-1960s, community theater groups needed better performance space. The City re-purposed an obsolete walnut warehouse as the Civic Arts Theatre & Gallery - affectionately nicknamed "The Nuthouse." In 1990- and after extensive private fundraising - "The Nuthouse" was replaced with the Lesher Center for the Arts. — Map (db m93756) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Walnut Creek — 197 — Civic Arts Theatre ("Nuthouse")1601 Civic Dr. — 1965
In 1965, the City repurposed an abandoned walnut warehouse to house the Civic Arts Theatre & Gallery - affectionately nicknamed "The Nuthouse." Some 25 years later ant through extensive private fundraising, the Lesher Center of the Arts was built, replacing "The Nuthouse." — Map (db m93784) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Walnut Creek — 166 — El Rey Theatre1641 N. Main St. — 1937
The plush El Rey Theatre was Walnut Creek's second movie house and a popular venue for nearly 50 years. The El Rey showed films ranging from Shirley Temple's "Wee Willie Winkie" to the cult classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show." An office building stands here today. — Map (db m93808) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Walnut Creek — 145 — Ramona TheatreN. Main at Cypress — 1920
The 400-seat Ramona, Walnut Creek's first cinema, opened in 1920 as a silent-movie house. The theater sat on Main Street, next to the Contra Costa Courier newspaper and where Cypress Street now connects to Broadway. It was owned by Theodore Berling, the town's first police chief. — Map (db m93828) HM
California (Contra Costa County), Walnut Creek — 157 — Town Hall1501 N. Main St. — 1907
Desiring a place for community meetings and events, a newly formed Town Hall Association acquired the lot at Main and Bonanza. Several years later, and with a loan from the new San Ramon Valley Bank, the group built the imposing two-story Town Hall. — Map (db m93824) HM
California (El Dorado County), Placerville — The Forum Café / Union Hotel / United States Trio Hall / The Forum Café / The Blue Bell CaféThe Bookery
Saloons and gambling halls provided the main form of entertainment for miners during the gold rush. One of Old Hangtown’s largest gaming halls, The United States Trio, once stood on this site. Owner and entrepreneur, Benjamin Nickerson, first engaged in the business of promoting the short-lived bloody sport of bull and bear and donkey fighting on Circus Hill. When public opinion shut his bull ring down, Nickerson turned his marketing skills toward liquor and cards. The gaming tables of his . . . — Map (db m65251) HM
California (Fresno County), Coalinga — Bordagaray’sOne of the “Oldest Bars in the West”
Dominique Bordagaray was born in St. Jean Pied de Port, Basses Pyrenees, France. Immigrated to the United States in 1893. Moved to Fresno Co. in 1895 and worked as a sheepherder until 1908. He established a sheep shearing camp at “Turk”, 9 miles east of Coalinga. Here he became the first man to use modern sheep shearing clippers. He homesteaded 140 acres 11 miles east of Coalinga. He also bought 6 lots on “C” street near Fifth. In 1904 he built a row of store buildings . . . — Map (db m64062) HM
California (Fresno County), Coalinga — Coalinga Opera HouseOpened Nov. 22, 1907 – Burned July 29, 1910
During its short life, the Coalinga Opera House presented the top entertainers of the time. Coalinga was a boomtown with considerable wealth and the town’s people could afford the very best. Located directly across the street was the Grand Central Hotel. No doubt it housed many fine performers. Explosion of gasoline in the rear of the “Seaman Bros. Dyeing and Cleaning Establishment” caused a fire that burned a quarter of Coalinga’s busiest business section. Some seventeen business . . . — Map (db m64163) HM
California (Fresno County), Coalinga — Coalinga’s Notorious Whiskey Row “1909”
F St., sometimes Front St., now Forest St. Established after the railroad was built in 1888 on one-half city block directly across from the Depot. Parts of the row burned many times over the years, always to be rebuilt. The final demise of the Row’s buildings came with the Earthquake of 1983. (The list of Whiskey Row businesses does not appear to be coordinated with the illustration on the marker.) 1. The Cornet Saloon. Coalinga’s First Saloon was located at 101 E. F. St. on the . . . — Map (db m64081) HM
California (Fresno County), Coalinga — Liberty “Airdome Theater”Built in 1904 – Terminated with the advent of “talkies” and evaporating coolers.
Built by Dominique Bordagaray, who emigrated from St. Jean Pied de Port, Basses Pyrenees France. Soon after Coalinga began building he bought six lots on “C” St. and fifth, where he built a row of store buildings. In one of these he ran a French laundry. Some years later they were destroyed by fire and he built the “Liberty Airdome Theater.” Not to be confused with the “Liberty Theater” it stood in the spot later to become the J.C. Penney Co. building (Corner . . . — Map (db m63969) HM
California (Humboldt County), Arcata — 28 — Minor TheatreClassic Commercial Style - 1914 — Architect: Franklin Georgeson
The nation's oldest theatre built for feature films was opened on December 3, 1914, by Isaac Minor with a silent film based on Charles Dickens' "The Chimes" directed by Herbert Blaché starring Tom Terriss. Arcata Historic Landmark #28 This program is possible through a partnership with property owners, City of Arcata, Arcata Main Street and Historical Sites Society of Arcata — Map (db m60930) HM
California (Humboldt County), Eureka — 2008-9 — Sequoia Park Zoo
Sequoia Park Zoo has been an integral part of Eureka's community since 1907. Founded on land acquired from the Glatt family to be used as a city park, the zoo has provided a home for many cherished animals and fond family memories. For more than a century our zoo has been a treasured place for children of all ages to explore and learn about wildlife, nature and its conservation. — Map (db m78790) HM
California (Humboldt County), Eureka — Weaver BuildingStick-Eastlake Architecture - 1892 — Eureka Historic Landmark
Two cantilevered square bays; saloon downstairs; brothel upstairs; later Bluebird Cabaret with dime a dance. This program made possible through a partnership with property owner Diane Barmore, Eureka Main Street, and the Eureka Heritage Society. — Map (db m61222) HM
California (Humboldt County), Ferndale — Ferndale Palace Saloon
Circa 1890. Furthest westernly bar in the continental United States. Dedicated February 13, 1993 by the Native Sons of the Golden West. Harley M. Harty, Grand President In memory of Joseph G. Oeschger PGP — Map (db m65266) HM
California (Inyo County), Death Valley — 52 — Amargosa Opera House
This building was originally built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company in 1924. The original name of the facility was Corkill Hall, and was the social center for Death Valley Junction between 1924 to 1948. Between the years 1948 to 1967, Corkill Hall was abandoned as Death Valley Junction began to decline. In 1967 Marta Becket discovered the abandoned building, and transformed it into the Amargosa Opera House which officially opened February 10, 1968. — Map (db m78582) HM
California (Inyo County), Lone Pine — "Gunga Din" Filmed Here
In 1938, this hill area, among many others in these Alabama Hills, served as a stand-in for the hill country of northern India when RKO made the classic adventure film, 'Gunga Din,' on location in Lone Pine. Hundreds of horsemen raced across the hills and elaborate sets were built here and nearby while the cast and crew lived for weeks in a tent city off Movie Road. Directed by George Stevens, the epic starred Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Victor McLaglen and Joan Fontaine with Sam Jaffe . . . — Map (db m93442) HM
California (Inyo County), Lone Pine — Lone Pine Film Museum
This Plaque Presented to The Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Film Museum to Honor Masons and Shriners. Dedicated to all Masons and Shriners who appeared in movies filmed in the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine and surrounding areas. Presented by Kerak Shrine and Inyo Mono Shrin Club. Steve Sanders, Potentate & Bob Hayner, President October 2007 — Map (db m72578) HM
California (Inyo County), Lone Pine — Movie Flats
Since 1920, hundreds of movies and TV episodes, including Gunga Din, How The West Was Won, Khyber Rifles, Bengal Lancers, and High Sierra, along with, The Lone Ranger and Bonanza, with such stars as Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Gary Cooper, Gene Autry, Glen Ford, Humphrey Bogart, and John Wayne, have been filmed in these rugged Alabama Hills with their majestic Sierra Nevada background. Plaque dedicated by Roy Rogers, whose first starring feature was filmed here in 1933. — Map (db m52103) HM
California (Kern County), Johannesburg — 18 — Red Mountain
One of the richest silver strikes occurred in the community of Red Mountain. The Kelly and Grady claims started a silver boom which brought prosperity to this region in the 1900's. In one 60 day period over $170,000 in silver was mined from a hole less than 75 feet deep. — Map (db m78593) HM
California (Kern County), Red Mountain — 8 — The Owl Hotel
The Owl Hotel where the action was! Dedicated to Hattie, Little Eva and the girls of the line. While the men mined silver, they dug for gold. — Map (db m78597) HM
California (Lassen County), Susanville — Pioneer Saloon
A saloon has been on this site since 1862. Originally known as the Humboldt Exchange, in 1863 the name was changed to the Pioneer. This bar is the oldest established business in northeastern California. — Map (db m87810) HM
California (Lassen County), Westwood — Westwood Club
Built in 1914 by the Red River Lumber Co. as a mens club. The club had a pool room, card room, cafe, tobacco shop and a bar. It burned in 1944 and was rebuilt in 1945. Bought by George & Vera Young in 1957 & was turned into a market. Their son Mike now runs the store continuing a 50 year service to the community. — Map (db m66083) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Altadena — 990 — Christmas Tree Lane
The 135 Deodar Cedar trees were planted in 1885 by the Woodbury Family, the founders of Altadena. First organized by F.C. Nash in 1920, the "Mile of Christmas Trees" has been strung with 10,000 lights each holiday season through the efforts of volunteers and the Christmas Tree Lane Association. It is the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in Southern California. — Map (db m50989) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Carson — Robert A. Cinader
Robert A. Cinader's involvement with the Los Angeles County Fire Department began in 1971 when he filmed a pilot television movie about the county's fledgling paramedic program. "Emergency" aired in 1972 and ran as a prime time show for five years with a weekly audience of 13 million people. The show brought attention and acclaim to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. More importantly, it showed public officials across the nation that lives could be saved by local paramedic programs. . . . — Map (db m50349) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 7 — The Culver Studios
On this site in 1919, the Colonial Administration Building of what was to become one of Culver City's three major motion picture studios was completed. Built by and first producing film as the Thomas H. Ince Studios, it later became known as DeMille Studios, RKO, Pathe, RKO-Pathe, Selznick, Desilu, Culver City Studios, and most recently Laird International. On the back lot, such famous scenes as the "Burning of Atlanta" for Gone with the Wind were filmed. — Map (db m49955) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Hawthorne — 1041 — Site of the Childhood Home of The Beach Boys
It was here in the home of parents Murry and Audree that Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson grew to manhood and developed their musical skills. During Labor Day weekend 1961, they, with cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, gathered here to record a tape of their breakthrough song "Surfin'." This marked the birth of the rock group known worldwide as The Beach Boys, and the beginning of an historic musical legacy that would change the recording industry. The music of the Wilsons, Love, Jardine, . . . — Map (db m59320) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — Award of Excellence KTLA-TV
Award of Excellence KTLA-TV The first television station west of the Mississippi, KTLA-5 has been a part of Los Angeles broadcasting since January 22, 1947. — Map (db m32469) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — Hattie McDaniel1895-1952
To honor her last wish, renowned performer. Academy Award 1939 Gone With The Wind. "Aunt Hattie, you are a credit to your craft, your race, and to your family" Edgar Goff — Map (db m82164) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — 44 — Site of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel7000 Hollywood Blvd — 44
Built in 1927 by a group of celebrities that included Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Louis B. Mayer. Site of the first Academy Awards in 1929. A hideaway for Clark Gable and Carol Lombard. Marilyn Monroe did her first commerical shoot by the pool. The Cinegrill, which opened in 1936, was popular nightspot, giving stars such as Mary Martin a start. Regular patrons included Frank Capra, Dick Powell, W.C. Fields, Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan. — Map (db m77069) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — 37 — Site of the Pig' N Whistle6714 Hollywood Blvd. — 37
Sidney Hoedemaker opened Hollywood's first family restaurant (that welcomed children) in 1927 and featured rich, hand-carved wood decor. Popular tunes were played on a pipe organ. The Hollywood Glee Club performed Friday evenings. Loreatta Young dined here Sundays. Barbara Stanwyck dropped by several times a week. Other regulars included: Spencer Tracy, Howard Hughes, Buddy Rogers and Shirley Temple. The dancing, flute-playing pig can still be seen above the marquee. — Map (db m77067) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — Site of Warner Pacific Theatre6423-6445 Hollywood Blvd — 12
Built by Warner Bros. in 1928 to be the crown jewel of its West Coast theaters. Sam Warner oversaw construction but died before it was completed. His ghost is said to haunt the building. The Italian Renaissance exterior design theme is continued inside. The two towers were originally used for radio broadcasting and displayed the call letters KFWB, which is said to have stood for "Keep Filming Warner Bros". Carol Burnett was an usherette here in the 1940s. — Map (db m77068) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — The Hollywood Reporter
The first entertainment trade paper founded in Hollywood, California September 3, 1930 — Map (db m32462) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Apex / Club AlabamHistoric Central Avenue Jazz Corridor — 42nd St. [sic] and Central Av.
Curtis Mosby, the conductor of the Dixieland Blue Blowers, opened the Apex on Thanksgiving 1928. The classy nightclub was home to revues featuring beautiful showgirls in extravagant costumes. Johnny Otis led the house band, but Alabam was the most popular stage for known jazz musicians who were on Central Avenue. — Map (db m51175) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 535 — Hollywoodland's Granite Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs
Hollywoodland's Granite Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs Built 1923 Declared 1991 Historic-Cultural Monument No. 535 — Map (db m31537) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — James Dean1931 - 1955
Key scenes from the classic motion picture "Rebel Without a Cause" were filmed at the Griffith Observatory in Spring 1955. Although many movies have been filmed at Griffith Observatory, "Rebel Without a Cause"was the first to portray the Observatory as what it is and to contribute positively to the Observatory's International reputation. This monument acknowledges Griffith Observatory's long and continuous involvement with Hollywood film production by remembering the young star of . . . — Map (db m20240) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Merced TheatreEl Pueblo de Los Angeles
The Merced Theatre was built in 1870 and is one of the oldest structures erected in Los Angeles for the presentation of dramatic performances. It served as the center of theatrical activity in the city from 1871 to 1876. The theatre was built by William Abbot, the son of Swiss immigrants who settled in Los Angeles in 1854. In 1858, he married the woman for whom he would name the theatre, Maria Merced Garcia, the daughter of Jose Antonio Garcia and Maria Guadalupe Uribe, who were long-time . . . — Map (db m50952) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Site of the Vine Street Brown Derby1628 Vine Street — #22
The most famous Hollywood restaurant of its day, the Brown Derby opened Valentine's Day, 1929. Owner Robert Cobb was also the inventor of the Cobb Salad. He originated furnishing telephones at tables during mealtime. celebrities popularity was gauged by the number of phone pages they received. Clark Gable proposed to Carole Lombard here in booth 54. Caricatures of movie stars decorated the walls. Damaged by fire and later by earthquake, it was demolished in 1994. — Map (db m17517) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — The Downbeat ClubHistoric Central Avenue Jazz Corridor — 4201 Central Avenue
The Down Beat was part of what was known during the War years as “Little Harlem”. It was a popular destination for Hollywood celebrities and the upper-class residents of Beverly Hills. Buddy Collete created his Stars of Swing in 1946 at the Down Beat. The show featured Collette on saxophone and clarinet, Charles Mingus (bass), John Anderson (trumpet), Oscar Bradley (drums), Spaulding Givens (piano), Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone), and Britt Woodman (trombone). — Map (db m51234) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Pacoima — 716 — The Griffith Ranch
Originally part of the San Fernando mission lands, this ranch was purchased by David Wark Griffith, revered pioneer of silent motion pictures in 1912, it provided the locale for many western thrillers, including "Custer's Last Stand", and was the inspiration for the immortal production, "Birth of a Nation." It was acquired by Fritz B. Burns in 1948, who has perpetuated the Griffith name in memory of the great film pioneer. — Map (db m54717) HM
California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — 98001633 — The Warner Grand Theatre
Opened as the Warner Brothers Theatre on January 20, 1931, it was designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca and interior designer Anthony B. Heinsbergen and was the first sound-equipped theater in the South Bay. Jack Warner called it "The castle of your dreams." Today the Warners Grand is one of the nation's few surviving Art Deco motion picture palaces, with original decor intact. — Map (db m81922) HM
California (Los Angeles County), Santa Monica — The Santa Monica Pier Carousel
The Hippodrome (also known as the "Carousel Building") was built in 1916 by famous carousel carver Charles I.D. Looff. Its unique combination of Byzantine, Moorish, and California design made it easily identifiable among the festive, eclectic architecture of Santa Monica Bay in the early 20th century. Among the last of its kind, the building was inaugurated into the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The carousel housed inside a 1922 Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel (PTC . . . — Map (db m54160) HM
California (Marin County), Novato — Rancho Olompali
Rancho Olompali was home to three generations of Burdells from 1866 to 1943. For the following five years the new owner, Court Harrington, used the property to raise purebred beef. In 1948, the building was converted to a religious retreat when the property was acquired b the University of San Francisco (USF) for $150,000. USF sold the property in 1964 to a San Francisco Bay Area investment group which operated the short-lived Olopali Swim Club. In 1966, the Grateful Dead . . . — Map (db m85929) HM
California (Marin County), San Rafael — The Belrose Theater
In 1976 the Cultural Affairs Commission designated this building, by virtue of its Gothic window, historically & culturally of major significance. In 1913 St. Matthew's German Evangelical Church built this structure at a cost of $5,000. The Trinity Lutheran Church bought it in 1942. The Belrose Family purchased the building in 1962 to serve as a community theater, a theatrical school, & as the Belrose home. A theatrical shop was added in 1981. "The . . . — Map (db m63858) HM
California (Marin County), Tiburon — 1925 Victorian Saloon35 Main Street
Bay access provided a source of illegal spirits during Prohibition. — Map (db m69360) HM
California (Mendocino County), Ukiah — Ladies of the Night
“To the ladies of the night who plied their trade upon this site.” — Map (db m80695) HM
California (Mono County), Bodie — Life in BodieA City Grown from the Eastern High Sierra Mud
Men, women and children came from all of the U.S. states, and from the world, to live and work here during the Bodie heyday. At the height of the boom in 1881, Bodie claimed 65 saloons, 18 lodging houses and hotels, three breweries, wholesale liquor dealers, more than a dozen markets, restaurants, two banks, barbershops, newspapers, a school, a post office and a telegraph office. You might have enjoyed an ice cream on a warm day, or oysters packed in ice and shipped from San Francisco. . . . — Map (db m89292) HM
California (Mono County), June Lake — Legend of June Lake Slot Machines
During the 1930's in central Mono County, demand for gaming entertainment skyrocketed with the influx of hundreds of employees working on the Mono Basin Project. To accommodate the workers, many local bars and cafes installed slot machines. Although illegal, there use in Mono County thrived for many years. Unfortunately, upon completion of the aqueduct in 1941 and transfer of all workers, demand for this activity diminished. Within a few years most slot machines were voluntarily removed. It was . . . — Map (db m37585) HM
California (Mono County), Lee Vining — Mono Lake
These Plaques Featuring Little Known and Forgotten Facts About Mono Lake E Clampus Vitus Bodie Chapter No. 64 Dedicated September 13, 2013 Mono Lake - Land of Many Uses Except for fishing, this "inland sea" has been a lake of many uses over the years. (commercial, industrial, recreational, military, medicinal, etc.) starting in the 1800s and by the 1910s, in and around this body of water, oil drilling and mineral extraction activities took place. By the 1900s it became the . . . — Map (db m72569) HM
California (Mono County), Lee Vining — Upside-Down House
A distinctive local landmark and nationally renowned tourist attraction. It was the creation of - Nellie Bly O’Bryan (1893–1984), visionary, entrepreneur and long time resident of the Mono Basin. Originally, located along US-395 north of the Tioga Lodge, it was inspired by two children’s stories—“Upside Down Land” and “The Upsidedownians.” Upon her death in 1984 The Upside-Down House fell into disrepair until....October 9, 2000 when it was rescued and . . . — Map (db m10167) HM
California (Mono County), Mammoth — Dave McCoy
Pioneering Eastern Sierra skier, visionary and entrepreneur, Dave McCoy's passion for skiing began in high school and soon thereafter he joined the Eastern Sierra Ski Culb. In 1936, Dave was hired by LADWP as a hydrographer, conducting snow surveys while skiing across the Eastern Sierra. Realizing the region had abundant snowfall, Dave began to dream of developing a ski area in the Eastern Sierra. In 1938, he built the region's firs permanent rope tow at McGee Mountain. In 1941, Dave and . . . — Map (db m59340) HM
California (Monterey County), Gonzales — The Stag Saloon
(There are two markers mounted on the monument.) Upper Marker: Built in 1873, it is the oldest structure in Gonzales. It became a saloon in 1890 and has never strayed from such an honorable enterprise since that time. Lower Marker: It was right behind you. Close your eyes and imagine sounds From the past, swinging doors, the Clink of glasses, a toast to someone. Gone, But Not Forgotten — Map (db m64257) HM
California (Monterey County), Marina — Stilwell Hall: A Fond MemoryFort Ord Dunes State Park
For the two million servicemen and women who passed through Fort Ord, the entertainment center that once occupied this site provided welcome relief from rigorous military training. The Soldier’s Club, later renamed Stilwell Hall, featured a huge ballroom, elegant reading rooms and what many have been California’s longest bar. The time spent here is a favorite memory for veterans and the local residents who socialized with them. — Map (db m68882) HM
California (Monterey County), Monterey — Golden State Theatre
Built in 1926 and designed by Reid Brothers, architects of many California landmarks, this theatre was the first to show sound movies on the Monterey Peninsula. Old Monterey Hotel * Across Street Casa Sanchez * Across Street See map on reverse * — Map (db m63518) HM
California (Monterey County), Monterey — Hurray for HollywoodHistoric Cannery Row
Ever since Thomas Edison’s movie camera captured those first quick, flickering moments of time, Hollywood has been coming to Monterey. More than 60 feature films have been shot in Monterey, and Cannery Row has been one of Hollywood’s favorite locations. In 1932 Zita Johnson and a young Edward G. Robinson starred in Tiger Shark, a dark tale of a tuna fisherman who marries the daughter of a crewman killed by a tiger shark (top). Actor Ben Lyon is seen photographing the cameraman on a . . . — Map (db m55194) HM
California (Monterey County), Pacific Grove — 839 — Chautauqua Hall
The first Chautauqua in the west. Organized at Pacific Grove in June 1879, for the presentation of “moral attractions” and “the highest grade of concerts and entertainment.” Known world wide as “Chautauqua-by-the-Sea,” it made Pacific Grove an unequalled (sic) cultural center. California Registered Historical Landmark No. 839 Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the City of Pacific Grove, July 20, 1970 — Map (db m63664) HM
California (Monterey County), Pacific Grove — Glass Bottom BoatThe Swan Boats of Pacific Grove
These boats were first introduced here at Lovers Point in the early 1890s. Launched from the narrow cove's wooden pier, the boats offered passengers a canopied window to the underwater flora and fauna around Lovers Point. Nathaniel Roscoe "Dad" Sprague owned and operated a small fleet of these boats for more than 50 years. His son Russell took over the concession in 1948. Later, the boats operated under a variety of owners until the mid 1970s. This replica boat was designed by Monterey . . . — Map (db m41574) HM
California (Monterey County), Pacific Grove — John DenverHenry John Deutschendorf, Jr.
In Commemoration of John Denver Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. Dedicated September 23, 2007 at the site of crash of John’s plane, Long EZ N555JD “... So welcome the wind and the wisdom she offers, Follow her summons when she calls again, In your heart and your spirit let the breezes surround you, Lift your heart and your spirit then sing with the wind ...” - “Windsong” by John Denver and Joe Henry – Love from the . . . — Map (db m63662) HM
California (Napa County), Napa — Napa - Birthplace of the Loudspeaker and the Magnavox Corp.
Peter Jensen and Edwin Pridham's invention occurred at 1606 F St. in May of 1915. This statue, unveiled on May 18, 1985 is the work of Napa sculptor Franco Vianello — Map (db m91327) HM
California (Napa County), St. Helena — White Sulphur Springs
Situated on what was once a Mexican Land Grant to Dr. Edward Bale, White Sulphur Springs was discovered in 1848 and a resort was opened in 1852, making this California’s oldest. Wealthy San Franciscans traveled here in the latter half of the 19th century by steamer across the Bay to Soscol Landing 4 miles south of Napa, and then by train and stage. The resort lost at least three grand hotels to fire during those years and in its prime was able to accommodate 1000 guests. For over 140 years this . . . — Map (db m82602) HM
California (Napa County), Yountville — Yountville Community Hall
Built in 1926 on land donated to the Catholic archbishop by the DeBenadetti Family. The hall opened April 17, 1926 and soon became the focal point of social life throughout the Valley. In 1956 use of the hall was restricted to church functions and called the St. Joan of Arc Hall. The City of Yountville purchased the hall in 1965 and used a small portion for city hall. The building was again used for social functions and recreation. Remodeled and dedicated to "The People of . . . — Map (db m49365) HM
California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Kidd & Knox Building1856
Major commercial building since Gold Rush. Early offices of Judges, lawyers, statesmen including U.S. Senators A.A. Sargent, Wm. Morris Stewart, Calif. Supreme Court Chief Justices Niles Searls, Lorenzo Sawyer were here. Site of dramatic hall where Edwin Booth, Lola Montez, Kate Hayes performed. — Map (db m40278) HM
California (Nevada County), Nevada City — 863 — Nevada Theater
California’s oldest existing theater building. The Nevada opened September 9, 1865. Celebrities such as Mark Twain, Jack London and Emma Nevada have appeared on its stage. Closed in 1957. The theater was later purchased through public donations and reopened May 17, 1968, to again serve the cultural needs of the community. — Map (db m10828) HM
California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Powell Home
Built in 1855 as the edifice of the Baptist Church, it was here that famed soprano Emma Nevada (Emma Wixom Palmer) made her debut at the age of three. In 1886 the church was remodeled as the residence of the E.T.R. Powell family — Map (db m14824) HM
California (Nevada County), Nevada City — The Flagg BuildingThe Eternal Saloon
Built in 1856 on the site of the U.S. Hotel, this brick edifice has served Nevada City as the Council Chamber, Schreiber’s and since 1957 Eddie Furano’s Bank Club. Here at Schreiber’s Felix, the marvelous mysterious music box thundered Strauss waltzes and ‘Carmen’ to generations with custom and good cheer. — Map (db m40273) HM
California (Nevada County), Norden — 19 — Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush
History Love - Excitement - Pathos - Humor. It’s all in “The Gold Rush” which was filmed at Sugar Bowl (and Truckee). “The Gold Rush,” written, produced, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin was one of Chaplin’s most famous movies and was the film he is quoted as saying for which he most wanted to be remembered. The 1925 silent was the highest grossing silent comedy. Charlie Chaplin had read about the Donner Party and the Klondike gold prospectors. . . . — Map (db m81934) HM
California (Nevada County), Norden — 26 — Sugar Bowl AcademyHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History The current building at the head of Donner Pass on Old 40 was built for the Division of Highways in 1931 to serve as a dormitory for highway workers. That was the first winter the road was plowed and on-call workers needed accommodations. The idea to plow the road had been pursued by the Auburn Ski Club. When they finally took a train load of legislators to the snow the need was seen and the State began plowing the road. The building went up for auction in 1965 when Cal Trans . . . — Map (db m81881) HM
California (Nevada County), Norden — Summit HotelHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History The coming of the railroad made it easy for well-heeled tourists to visit Donner Summit and with the building of a large hotel, they came. Whole families came to enjoy the summit and stay for weeks at a time. The first Summit Hotel was built in 1870, the year after the railroad was completed, and was called the Cardwell House. It sat right next to the railroad and not far from Tunnel 6. It burned in 1892 and a new hotel was immediately built a little west of the Dutch Flat . . . — Map (db m81880) HM
California (Nevada County), Norden — 21 — The Lodge at Sugar Bowl
History William Wilson Wurster was the most “influential unknown architect in California.” He designed many houses and buildings such as Ghirardelli Square, Cowell College at UC Santa Cruz, as well as other U.C. and Stanford University buildings. Wurster Hall at U.C. Be(r)keley in named for him. Wurster believed in simple, climate suited designs that were understated. He wanted buildings that fit and took advantage of the environment or even seemed to grow from it. He . . . — Map (db m81939) HM
California (Orange County), Buena Park — 20 — Knotts Berry Farm
Founded as a 10-acre farm in 1920 by Cordella and Walter Knott, developer of the boysenberry. From berry fields came a tea room, berry market, nursery and one of the Nation's oldest themed amusement partks now on 150 acres with authentic replicas of a ghost town, gold mine, and our Independence Hall. — Map (db m50002) HM
California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 26 — Fountain Valley Drive-In
Opened on July 12, 1967 and was part of the Pacific Theater Group. The Nations largest Drive-In and it contained the only fountains in town. Demolished in 1984 — Map (db m59759) HM
California (Orange County), Fountain Valley — 2, 4 & 16 — Original Circus Site / First Post Office / Country Stores
Original Circus Site The Escalante Circus placed its tent here for its annual performance. The circus parade started here, moved east to Ward, north to Warner, west to Wintersberg (now in Huntington Beach) and returned. First Post Office In 1899 a Post Office was established in Fountain Valley in the Country Store. Renamed Talbert due to duplication. Combined with Santa Ana in 1907. Redesignated Fountain Valley in 1957. Country Stores Between 1896 and 1898 a country . . . — Map (db m59053) HM
California (Orange County), Newport Beach — 959 — Balboa Pavilion
This is one of California's last surviving examples of the great waterfront recreational pavilions from the turn of the century. Built in 1905 by the Newport Bay Investment Company, it played a prominent role in the development of Newport Beach as a seaside recreation area. In 1906, it became the southern terminus for the Pacific Electric Railway, connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles. The railway's red cars connected the beach with Los Angeles in only one hour. — Map (db m50338) HM
California (Orange County), Newport Beach — 35 — Rendezvous Ballroom
Built near this site in 1928, the Rendezvous became a showcase for Big Bands, especially during "Bal Week." For 38 years, the sounds of dance music echoed from this block-long ballroom, which was destroyed by fire in 1966. The music and dancing have ended, but the memories linger on. — Map (db m50019) HM
California (Plumas County), Chester — Mt. Lassen Club
Built in 1911 by Judge Gay, it was the first grocery store between Susanville and Red Bluff. On May 27, 1932 Gordon Purdy turned it into a bar named the Mt. Lassen Club. Margaret and Lee Baker became the club’s owners in August of 1963. Now the official watering hole of ECV Outpost 1911, this saloon has seen many good times, fights, gambling and even a cowboy riding his horse through the bar. This bar is now owned by Margaret and John Zukosky. — Map (db m56736) HM
California (Plumas County), La Porte — Lotta Crabtree
Charlotte (Lotta) Mignon Crabtree, born November 7, 1847, New York City. Moved to Grass Valley California in late spring of 1853. In the fall of 1854, the Crabtrees moved to Rabbit Creek (La Porte). Mart Taylor, a saloon owner with a small theater, taught Lotta to do the jig and the reel, also sentimental ballads. In 1855, a child of eight, Lotta gave her first public performance in Rabbit Creek and a fairy star was born. Lotta entertained the miners in the gold fields of California. A . . . — Map (db m56298) HM
California (Plumas County), Quincy — Oakland Camp
Mr. J.B. Nash, often referred to as “The Father of Recreation” was Superintendent of the Oakland Recreation Dept. from 1917-1926. He recognized the value of people working and playing together in a camp setting & loved the outdoors. In 1921, he leased land from the National Forest Service & launched the camping program in Oakland. — Map (db m66158) HM
California (San Benito County), Hollister — State Theatre
The State Theatre opened on July, 25, 1930, featuring The Social Lion. The terrazzo sidewalk is all that remains on the once “handsome theatre.” — Map (db m55216) HM
California (San Benito County), Tres Pinos — Cottage Corners
First saloon serving steam beer in this area. Has been here for over 100 years. Owned and operated for many years by Steve Kaelin. Presently owned by Lydia C. and Ray L. Dassel. — Map (db m62925) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Apple Valley — Family Home of B.J. Westlund, then Roy Rogers
Historical Point of Interest Family Home of B.J. Westlund, then Roy Rogers Town of Apple Valley Map (db m81130) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Pioneertown — 117 — Pioneertown
Pioneertown was founded in 1946 by a group of Hollywood personalities led by cowboy actors Dick Curtis and Russell Hayden as a permanent 1880s town for filming western movies. On Sept 1, 1946 Roy Rogers broke ground for the first buildings. Assisted by the Sons of the Pioneers from whom the town takes its name, over 200 movies and TV serials were filmed here as were an unknown number of background shots for other productions. TV westerns including the Gene Autry Show, Cisco Kid, Annie Oakley, . . . — Map (db m78539) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Trona — Austin Hall
Austin Hall, the much loved focal point of the Trona community, once stood on this site. Built in 1912 the unique structure, with its one-foot thick concrete walls, boasted 45 arches on three sides, the building provided a cooling shelter from the blazing heat with its patio center and oleander trees. Early employees were housed and fed in its spacious rooms and eventually all the town’s businesses were housed here. The patio became an open-air theatre with adjoining pool hall, a barber shop, . . . — Map (db m51859) HM
California (San Diego County), Carlsbad — 1020 — Leo Carrillo Ranch(Rancho de Los Kiotes)
Between 1937 and 1940, these adobe and wood buildings were built by actor Leo Carrillo as a retreat, working ranch, and tribute to old California culture and architecture. The Leo Carrillo Ranch, with its Flying "LC" brand, originally covered 2,538 acres and was frequented by Carrillo and his friends until 1960. Leo Carrillo was a strong, positive, and well-loved role model who sought to celebrate California's early Spanish heritage, through a life of good deeds and charitable causes. — Map (db m51105) HM
California (San Diego County), Coronado — Dragon TreeDracaema Draco, agavaceae — Hotel Del Coronado
Native to the Canary Islands this unusual tree was planted at The Del prior to the turn of the century where it thrives in our temperate southern California coastal climate. The Dragon Tree was used as a backdrop in the Marilyn Monroe movie Some Like It Hot, which was filmed at The Del in 1958. — Map (db m70552) HM
California (San Diego County), San Diego — Balboa Park
The city’s haven for culture and leisure San Diego’s Cultural Oasis Located just minutes away from downtown San Diego, Balboa Park provides an enriching experience for more than 14 million visitors from near and far each year. Referred to as “the Smithsonian of the West,” it is home to more than 85 cultural attractions including 15 museums, the Globe Theatres, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park is equally as famous, however, as a horticultural paradise, where . . . — Map (db m73907) HM
California (San Diego County), San Diego — Balboa Theatre
The Balboa Theatre Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1924 — Map (db m51457) HM
California (San Diego County), San Diego — Downtown San Diego
"Go forth, with spirit, the civic vision, and the courage to build the city of your dreams." —Alonzo E. Horton A Vibrant New Town The most striking evidence of the city’s downtown renaissance is its skyline. From the sculptural spires of contemporary office buildings to the preservation of vintage architecture, San Diego is constantly evolving. The history of modern San Diego began in 1867 when Alonzo E. Horton purchased nearly 1,000 acres along the harbor. Today, his vision . . . — Map (db m73906) HM
California (San Diego County), San Diego — 10 — Frey Block, 1911
The Frey Block Building contains a rich ethnic history. In its first few years, the Frey brothers from France operated a second hand store here. The site later housed several Oriental restaurants. Near one entrance, one can find a tile advertisement for the Kong Nam Cafe. In the 1950s, the corner became Crossroads Jazz Club, one of San Diego's most significant cultural landmarks. A showcase for local African-American talent, it was the birthplace of San Diego's jazz scene. — Map (db m52690) HM
California (San Diego County), San Diego — Mission Beach Roller Coaster
Has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemoration the history of the United States of America — Map (db m82278) HM
California (San Diego County), San Diego — 65 — The Whaley House
Built by Thomas Whaley in 1856-57, this is the oldest brick structure in Southern California. In addition to being the home of the Whaley Family, it served variously as granary, store, courthouse and school, and as the town’s first theater. Whaley’s home was the cultural center of San Diego as well as its most luxurious residence. — Map (db m11645) HM
California (San Diego County), Santee — KCBQ “Top 40” Personalities1958 to 1978
[ Upper Plaque: ] In 1958, here at 9416 Mission Gorge Road, then owner Lee Bartell built the KCBQ AM 1170 radio broadcast facility with its 50,000 watt transmitter and six two-hundred foot towers. For many years, KCBQ AM 1170 was San Diego's only 50,000 watt AM radio station. From this location, between 1958 and 1978, many legendary radio personalities broadcast the best "Top 40" music, news, and entertainment to all of San Diego County. During this period, KCBQ AM 1170 was one of . . . — Map (db m35120) HM
California (San Francisco City and County), San Francisco — Blackhawk Jazz Club1940 - 1963 — Uptown Tenderloin Lost Landmarks
On this Corner, the world's best Jazz musicians performed at the Blackhawk. The club's legacy lives in recordings made here by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Cal Tjader, Thelonious Monk and Ahmad Jamal, among others. Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, The Modern Jazz Quartet and other legends played on its stage. The Blackhawk in later years accommodated underage patrons in a special section behind chicken wire.Uptown Tenderloin Historic District Map (db m91060) HM
California (San Francisco City and County), San Francisco — Blanco's Café & Music BoxUptown Tenderloin Lost Landmarks — 1907 - 1940
French restaurant and “Parlor House”, Blanco's Cafe & Hotel was known as one of San Francisco's popular entertainment spots for the wealthy offering fine food, gambling and fancy women as a house of assignation. The great depression led to its 1933 closing. The Music Box took over in 1936 featuring burlesque performer Sally Rand who enticed clientele with risqué fan dances from 1939 until the establishment's 1940 closing. Uptown Tenderloin Historic District — Map (db m91654) HM
California (San Francisco City and County), San Francisco — CHL 86 — California Theatre
On this site January 18, 1869 The California Theatre Built by William C. Ralston Opened with the following stock company John McCullough • Lawrence Barrett • Harry Edwards • Willie Edouin • E.B. Holmes • William Mestayer • John T. Raymond • W.F. Burroughs • W.H. Sedley Smith • John Wilson • Edward J. Buckley • Mrs. Judah Emelie Melville • Elizabeth Sanders • Annette Ince • Marie E. Gordon • Sophie Edwin • Minnie Walton • Julia Buckley This theatre remained a brilliant . . . — Map (db m72137) HM
California (San Francisco City and County), San Francisco — Dancing, Roller Skating & Bowling1920 - 1977 — Uptown Tenderloin Lost Landmarks
After the 1906 Earthquake, dance ballrooms and academies such as the Arcadia, Fisher's and Golden Gate Ballroom replaced the demolished Alhambra Theatre on this site. By the 1930's, roller skates replaced dancing shoes. In 1942, the Golobic family tossed the skates, created bowling lanes and launched the Downtown Bowl. It was a popular neighborhood spot for the next 35 years. Uptown Tenderloin Historic District Map (db m91057) HM
California (San Francisco City and County), San Francisco — Fort Mason Historic DistrictRevived San Francisco host 1915 world’s fair!
The Panama Pacific International Exposition, 635 acres of grand imagination, proclaimed to the world that San Francisco was fully recovered from the 1906 earthquake. Exhibition-filled palaces were built on filled marshlands between Fort Mason and the Presidio (now the Marina district). Enormous replicas of Yellowstone Park and the Grand Canyon were constructed here at Fort Mason – a likely location, given the army’s role as steward of national parks at the time. The nine month fair . . . — Map (db m70001) HM
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