Friday, July 13, 2012

MY WHITTIER MUSEUM

This was my first blog written 7/13/2012

I recently took a trip to the Whittier Museum, California on Greenleaf and Newlin Ave and if you haven't visited and you are a true Whittier resident you should really check it out. I took the tour and learned about how Whittier came to be and it was really interesting. As I was halfway through the tour it started to dawn on me even though this is pretty cool none of "My Whittier" history was really included. I have spent over 35 years of my life here in Whittier growing up in the 70's & 80's and My Whittier history is so different from our great ancestors but in my opinion just as relevant. So I decided to start my own museum with all of the things that I remember about Whittier.
Please note: the "Museum" will be constantly updated so check back frequently. Also if you have anything you want to add please send me your input and we will see if it makes the cut. I would love to hear from any and all Whittier peeps! Send me pics!


MY WHITTIER MUSEUM


The historic Whittier Walk In I actually saw STAR WARS & E.T in this theatre I would do anything to go back for one more matinée. The Whittier Earthquake of 1987 jacked this place all up and just like that the party was over, sucks!

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After the Earthquake 1987

Lets not forget the Sundown Drive In ;)



Skateland ruled! I remember waiting outside for the doors to open and once you got inside it was so great! We were drinking blue slurpees, playing video games, couples skating to REO SPEEDWAGON life didn't get much better than that. Great, great times at Skateland

"Couples Skate, Couples Skate"

 

The 'Whittier Walker,' a.k.a. 'Violin Man' Bows His Way Into Legend ...

Some people called him The Fiddler, some called him the Uptown Walker, some even called him the Violin Man. He was known for walking the streets of Whittier with his violin case. Everyone wondered if he was homeless but the reality was he wasn't homeless or crazy he was just a man of mystery who loved music.
These amazing paintings were painted by Artist Wanda Riske please visit her website and read the story of how she came to paint the violin man http://wandariske.com/
Memorial on Washington near Central Park

King Cole Market was such a great market I remember getting excited to go hoping I would get something out of the deal. Mom's would go and get stuff to make menudo for dad, mmmmmmmmmmmm menudo!! Good times.

King Cole Market was located on Washington Blvd

Inside King Cole Market


Remember Blue Chip Stamps?

KAUFMAN FIELD was where we played baseball for Pioneer Little League. The field was on Washington Blvd. it is now an Extra Space Storage facility but before that it was an awesome baseball field. You can see a little bit of it in this team photo I wish it was still there.

Kaufman Field 1979

If you played in the Pioneer Little League in the late 1970's early 1980's you had to hit Rubi's Ice Cream when it was just a little shack on the corner of Washington and Norwalk. It is still there and it still has great shakes go by and check it out. I would love to post a picture of the old location if anyone has one drop me a line.

Coffee Milkshakes rule!

Hinshaw's was located at the Quad before old Navy and Ralph's. Hinshaw's stood there and it was the place to go for a nice winter coat. They even had a coffee shop!


Steak Corral is one of the most recognized places in Whittier. The little cowboy has been painted a few times but he still holds his vintage Whittier charm.

What is the little cowboys name?


ALPHA BETA MARKET Right next to Whittier High remember!?



The actual location!
We got all of our sports equipment at these two store in the 80's Sargent's and Conlin Bros!




Whittier High School has to be included in my museum. I have to say that there are a good amount of pictures of Whittier High School in the Whittier Museum so props for that. Whittier was and is such a great campus Hollywood came calling in the 80's and filmed Back to the Future so awesome!

Fred C. Nelles or as we called it "The Bad Boy School" was a really strange thing. Here we were in this nice little town and there was a boys prison right in our backyard. My elementary school was right next to it and we would always try and look under the fence to see if we could catch a glimpse of what was going on. When the inmates would escape the whole neighborhood would go on lock down it was pretty scary!

The Bad Boy School


Remember when the Vans store was in Uptown!




Wallace S Wiggins was my elementary school. It was opened in 1955 on a 10 acre parcel of land adjacent to Fred C Nelles. Wiggins was the 4th school in the Los Nietos district. The school officially closed in 1989 and there is no trace of it since. I did some digging and found this image I can still remember every inch of this place. If anyone has photos please contact me.


Wallace S Wiggins School


COOL A COO Ice Cream was so awesome! Who knew we had a Cool A Coo plant right in our backyard on Hadley.

These were so good! I wish I could have one right now!



After I graduated from Wiggins we had a big Shindig at Sir George's Smorgasbord! It wasn't good but I had a great time I think it used to be on Whittier Blvd towards the Whittwood mall.

They had a Knight Mennequin in the lobby!
Bob's Big Boy used to stand on the corner of Philadelphia and Painter it was a beautiful thing when Bob lived here. The food, the Ice cream, the breakfast wow. I miss you Bob. California Grill now lives where Bob used to stand and California Grill is good but IT AIN'T NO BOB's!!

Cheeseburgers to die for!

Normally when you think of pizza Whittier isn't the first thing that comes to mind but let me tell you we have had some good ones! We have Stuft pizza and that is some damn good pizza let me tell you! We had Barro's pizza on Greenleaf back in the day. You had to go downstairs to get to it, it was a crazy location but it was there. We also had Ambrose pizza and that was the grand daddy of all pizza I loved that pizza! You can still get Ambrose pizza it is now in La Mirada but will always be a Whittier pizza joint.


Barro's pizza / 16130 Leffingwell Road, Whittier 90603 (562) 943.7251
Ambrosepizza.com / 12739 valley View Ave, La Mirada (562)802.7545

In 1985 this sicko changed Whittier forever! Richard Ramirez sent shock waves through the city when he went on his killing spree. I remember seeing these flyer's on telephone poles and how scared I would get looking at them. 1985 was the year you could no longer sleep with your windows open. This son of a bitch took the lives of two Whittier residents and that is when it really hit home! Fortunately he was eventually caught by residents of East L.A and beat down. He is on death row waiting for his one way ticket to HELL.

Caught March 27, 1985

Sundown Liquor is where I scored my first six pack I had to include it in my museum. I drive by there all of the time and always tip my cap.


Sundown Liquor located on Lambert


Who could forget the Cat Patch? I remember being about 16 years old. I made a mustache out of some electrical tape and went to the Cat Patch to see if I could get in. And I actually did!!! When they came up for my drink order I freaked out and walked out.




Memorial Park or as we called it back in the day "Dead Man's Park" this park is a hidden gem of sorts. This park was great for ditching class if you wanted to take a few periods off just take a stroll over to Dead Man's Park and it was all good.


Some say it is haunted? NAH!!

 

WHITTWOOD MALL PEOPLE!!



Tony's Pizza was located in the food park at the Whittwood Mall


In the 1980's it was truly an amazing time for music every genre was represented. When you needed to get the latest Duran Duran cassette or album Lovell's had you covered. Lovell's was and is a true pioneer it is still there on Greenleaf doing what it has always done. Drop in on Lovell's and browse the used C.D section you are always guaranteed to find a hidden treasure!

The O.G of Greenleaf

Did you ever eat at the Bright Spot? This was an old breakfast place on the corner of Bright and Penn. I remember the counter and the old man that used to cook up eggs and pancakes, good stuff.

The Bright Spot on Bright St & Penn
Pic N Save was way ahead of its time back in the day it was the alternate store. It was a cross between the market and K-mart and Dollar Tree. Big Lots took over and both Big Lot locations in Whittier were Pic N Save stores at one time.


SACKETT & PETERS was serving Whittier when Home Depot was just a scratch in his daddy's pants!

Sacket was located where Roadhouse Grill is now.

The Ember's Bar, Poor Denny's and The Pub were all local watering holes back in the day. Washington Blvd was known for the old dive bars and a few of them are still around. If you want to have a drink like they did back in the day hit one of these bars.

Palm Park in the 80's




St. Mary's School and Church. How many old school Whittier peeps went to school here? Maybe you did your First Holy Communion? Do you remember the St. Mary's Carnival, good times people good times!!



This used to be the old Green Burrito restaurant not the chain. It was awesome our family would go here on hot days and get Raspadas (shaved Ice) it was made on this huge industrial Ice shaver. It would make powder, so damn good! A huge tub would cost $2.50 i could use some Green Burrito shaved Ice this summer. They were called Raspadas at this place not Raspados weird but true.

Green Burrito best raspadas ever!
Mexican Air Conditioner!! This thing makes the real Raspada Ice!

Thrifty Ice Cream, enough said.


Grab some at Rite Aid Uptown!
I hope you enjoyed your visit to MY WHITTIER MUSEUM and I hope you come back and see us real soon. As I said before I will be updating this entry any time I get new stuff. Remember if you have anything you think would make for a good addition let me know.
















71 comments:

  1. I totally went to St Marys and remember the carnivals! Wow!! So many great memories, I miss Whittier!

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    1. Awesome! Yes Whittier has changed but like I always say it's home. I hope to keep the good memories alive as long as possible! Thanks for reading!

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    2. wow, you did a great job w this. brought back some great memories. born at whittier pres 1975 baby

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    3. @fixYoBang thanks man! Check out Facebook page as well I have tons of throw back memories. Thank you for checking this out man I appreciate it.

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    4. OMG, every single thing that I loved, loved, loved about uptown Whittier, where I grew up and even down towards La Mirada where we all strayed. I lived across the street from the Alpha Beta, hung out with the violin man often (he liked to play "It's a Long Way to Tipperary"), bought my first records at Lovell's (Tom's still there, I believe), went to movies at the old walk-in, wandered around in Dead Man's Park at night looking for, well, dead men, AND I worked at Sacky Pete's for almost 10 years. What a trip down memory lane, man...! Hey, do you remember Ames Bookstore up on Greenleaf and his old scrappy dog Pee-Wee who would bite your toes if you got to close to the gate that separated you from Mr. Ames??!

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  2. I was raised in Whittier. Many great memories. Thank you for putting this museum web page on the internet for all of us to enjoy.

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  3. I am thrilled that I found your "museum". I attended Wallace Wiggins kindergarten through 5th grade (1956-1962) when we moved to Orange County. I also attended Catechism on Saturday mornings at St. Mary's. I love seeing the old photos. My parents shopped at King Cole's Market and we went to the movies at the Sundown Drive-In. So great to see so many old, familiar photos. Thanks!

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  4. Thanks Nancy I am so glad you like that is super cool! And to you "A Niceguy" I love hearing stories like this. I'm glad to hear that there are others who love Whittier like I do :)

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  5. Wow, this was a real nostalgic trip. Thank you so much. I a little melancholy now. I am going to make a pilgrimage to the Museum. I was born (1963) in Whittier Presbyterian, went to Ada S Nelson, Los Nietos (Jr. High we called it back them) and Pioneer High school. King Cole was our market; to this day I can visualize every isle. I remember there was also a donut shop that was also a part of the store, a separate liquor counter and also a little post-office located inside where they had a big scale to weigh yourself on. I remember the checkers had to ring everything up manually. Rexall's Drug store was next door. The Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile once came there... what a thrill. As we got older they would let kids collect baskets & return them inside for stamps! Does anyone remember the old drive-in call the Pic Wic (I think is was called)it was near Whittier Pres hospital?! Also, there were annual carnivals held at the Whittier Downs parking lot on Washington Blvd, right across from the old Pic N Save every summer that was a blast for us kids! Memories. Thanks again! Oh, I just remembered the restaurant "Chris n Pits" (saw dust on the floor)its still there. That is a landmark right? I can smell it now! :)

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  6. That was awesome. I am in love with your museum. I grew up in Whittier loving the Quad and the card shop there with the Garfield posters. I went to Laurel Elementary, East Whittier Middle School and Saint Gregory the Great and would love to pictures of those places. Keep up the good work.

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  7. Rese, Thank you I appreciate it. You should check out my FB page I have tons of great pictures on there as well. Thank you for stopping by I will try and get those pictures you requested :) Take care.

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  8. I lived in Whittier from 1968 until 1992. I went to Mulberry, Hillview, and CalHi. I remember many of the places shown and then some. For example I remember King Cole Market, Skateland, the movie theater (loved those stars on the ceiling). Sir Georges, blue chip stamps. The Bob's Big Boy I remember was on Whittier BLVD, just south of Ocean View.
    Other things I remember was the Sundown Drive-in, A&W on Lambert and Santa Fe Springs RD. Near my house was Mills Mart. I remember when Whittwood was a open air mall and the movie theater. I remember the Old Sears on Telegraph. I remember all the one way streets in uptown Our parish was St, Gregory. And how about the cruisin' on Whittier BLVD.
    Whittier isn't the same to me anymore. I missed the way it was. It was so much better before.

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  9. This was quite a nostalig trip down memory lane for me as well. I grew up in La Mirada, went to St. Paul of the Cross Grammer School and St. Paul High School. I graduated in 1978, and my 1st job was at The Broadway in the Whittwood Mall. I then worked at Vons in the Quad in the 80's.

    I too remember cruising Whittier Blvd. on Friday nites, as someone had mentioned the Bobs Big Boy on Ocean View. I remember all those car dealerships, in fact I bought my 1st new car from the Chrysler dealership on Whittier Blvd.

    I also remeber spending many evening in Farrells Ice Cream Parlor in the Whittwood Mall ( funny how after 30 years Farrells has become popular). There was a resturant at the corner of the whittwood Mall (near the corner of Scott) does anyone remember the name?

    I was there at the Vons the norning of the 87 earthquake and I remember the may Co. parking structure collapsing.

    I couldn't think of a better time or place to grow up!!!

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    1. I believe the restaurant you are referring to was Coco's. Then next to it was Reuben's.

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    2. There was a Jolly Roger restaurant in the mall and facing Whittier Blvd. There was a restaurant set apart from the mall on Santa Gertrudes, that changed hands several times. I recall it was once called "the Islander"

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  10. Great job man!! I grew up in Whittier all my life too. I have great memories of my time at Wallace S. Wiggins elementary. Mrs Parks, Mrs Sykes, Mrs Tanaka ( pinching my ear on occasion ) and my favorite childhood brit, Mrs Summers in the cafeteria. ( She always called us " love " ) Whittier High was some great fun too!! Hey was there a market on Whittier Blvd and Magnolia called ' Kaspers ' ???

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    1. Oh yeah Kaspers! Hey don't forget the liquor store on Washington. Back in the day there was a hole in the back fence to go through. Swan Ice Cream Man? Good times back then.

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    2. Hahaha!! That's right!! The ice cream man feud!! Swan in his nice truck vs Ed the smoker in his beater ice cream van. Haha!! That liquor store is still there, but no more ' Pub ' . Thanks for taking us back to some really cool times bro!!

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  11. Its "Raspado", not Raspada...Just want to clarify this for you. Great pics!

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  13. Love your blog man. I was born at La Mirada Hospital in 1965 and lived in Whittier near Parnell Park for most of my life. I still remember playing in the fountain and petting the donkey in the petting zoo. Loved seeing all the old nostalgia. It brought back even more memories I hadn't thought of in years. The Plush Cue, Lou Millers, El Patio, and so many more. Oh, and I love menudo as well. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks Billy! Yeah man its all good here in Whittier. Things have changed but I think it has been for the better in some cases. We have a real great food scene going on. But I do miss El Patio, Los Portales and the Uptown Street Fair! Wow good times.

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  14. How cool is this? I grew up in Hacienda Hts but was born in Whittier Pres so knowing the first air I breathed came from Whittier surely that counts right? Great seeing these old businesses again. I remember many of them. I want to go and have some fried shrimp at Seafood Bay across from Hinshaws...but since they are gone I'll settle for Seafare Inn.

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  15. Great, great job on the website, Thank You. I was born & raised in Whittier. I lived there from the late 50's until 1991. You bring back so many memories & iconic/classic spots! The Whittier Walk-In was the BEST movie theatre. I played little league at Friends Park in Uptown Whittier for the legendary "Turf Club" & later coached at Kaufman Field with Mr. Joe (Jose) Oliva. I could go on & on for hours! I remember when there were TWO movie theatres Uptown, The ROXY was around the corner from the WARDMAN on Philadelphia north of Greenleaf. Played many pick-up basketball, football & "over-the-line" games at Dexter (JR.High) & Franklin (elementary) with the Tait brothers, the Hampton brothers, the Milton brothers & Dennis Koelle & others. Also, my father worked at Rose Hills for 28 years. Lovells, Conlin brothers, the Cat Patch, miniature Golf across from the car wash that was across from the whittier walk-in & the bowling alley just down from there. Riding the bus from our house in west whittier (a mile from the 605) to Uptown with my mother numerous times as a little kid.

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    1. My dad Al Vlink worked at rose hills for about 40 years, since 1956. He took care of the indoor ornamental plants

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    2. Greg...my name is Danny De La Paz and I was born and raised in Whittier. I too remember so vividly the miniature golf course. My older sister used to take me and my younger nephews there in the 60's! The land has been fenced up but undeveloped until just recently. I am not sure what if anything they are planning for that space. I really wanted to go in there after they dug up the earth and see if I could nab an old golf ball just for a keepsake. Funny how these nostalgic memories are so comforting, huh? U were the only one who remembered the golf course so I just had to write you. My email is atomboy13@gmail.com. Thanks for the memories!

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  16. Great site! Brings back memories. I lived between 1957-67 on Mines Blvd, off Broadway about a mile from Washington, not far from Christian Sorenson School. Remember the Whittier Downs Mall? It was next to King Cole Market, just down Washington closer to the 605, and there was a Food Giant in there which was a rival to King Cole. There was a restaurant in the mall which was an example of 'Googie" architecture; satellites hanging from the ceiling. etc. reflecting the fascination with space in the 50's. I remember going into Steak Corral many, many times, and the Shakey's across the street too, and how about Hong's Chinese Food on the same side of Washington as Steak Corral, but a bit further down. Anyone remember Schirmers on Hadley, a sausage factory and great deli! I used to walk by there many days on the way home from St. Mary's school. There was also a great ice cream parlor right across the street, forgot its name, but I think it was associated with a local dairy. Or how about "Little Ole Taco Maker" near the corner of Whittier and Hadley, a precursor in the mid 60's to Taco Bell and Del Taco. About 7 years ago I was in Whittier and I ate at Jack's Salad Bowl, also near hadley and Whittier. Is it still there? Great memories!! I hope you will add more pictures to your archive. I wish I had some old photos to contribute. But I do have a million memories and I hope somebody replies!!!

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    1. Dude thanks for dropping in and I am so glad you liked the post. Man you were right in the mix and I remember all of those great places you mentioned! Good stuff and great memories man. Never to be forgotten! Thanks for the picture I will add it to the rest. Take care man and thanks again.

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    2. I went to high school with the Schirmer boys (Chris and Scott).

      I thought I would never again see a reference to Little Ole Taco Maker, but the one I remember was further up Whittier Blvd, into La Habra. Was my favorite as a very small kid.

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    3. I went to high school with the Schirmer boys (Chris and Scott).

      I thought I would never again see a reference to Little Ole Taco Maker, but the one I remember was further up Whittier Blvd, into La Habra. Was my favorite as a very small kid.

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  17. I was born at Whittier Presbyterian and lived in Whittier until I was 4 ... but I remember Bobs Big Boy, St. Marys, the drive-in, the Smorgasbord, Hinshaw's and our street. My brothers went to Ocean View Elementary. Pretty good memories considering I moved when I was 4! The years were 1961-1965.

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  19. fucken wiggins,sundown.my time my nieghborhood.great job.thanks

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    1. Holy crap! If this is who I think we lived behind you. You were friends with my older brother Frank. Ring a bell?

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    2. Mark, I lived on Blanding. Are you Joe and Mike's brother? Mike was my first boyfriend. He is greatly missed. I went to Los Nietos and Whittier High.

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  20. Can anyone tell me what year Grovedale School closed?

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  21. Hey Bobby I just found this, Simon is always taking about some of the cool stuff you've done. Maybe a few suggestions? Capt Video. I have a shirt that you made. Farmer dell's, music plus, licorice pizza, also my parents have an old map somewhere at there house. I'll have to try and find it

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  22. Rubi's is on Washington Blvd. and Broadway Ave. Took over the old Richfield Station and grew their building.

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  23. The REAL Bob's was on the Blvd. had restaurant plus a car hop service. Good times!

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  24. I remember driving into Whittier from North Dakota in Jan of 1982...my first job at a long ago closed Hughes Aircraft facility in Santa Fe Springs. Hughes put me up in a motel near Beach/Whittier blvd that is now a 55+ complex. The first day I ate at a Chinese place near the hotel that I think later became the Fractured Fork and now is a Sushi Buffet. My first taste of Chinese food and didn't like it very much. It was raining that night and I decided to go out to see what there was to eat. I still to this day remember turning left onto Whittier Blvd from Beach and suddenly was in the midst of "wierdville". A lot of cars were decked out and I could not turn left or right for over a mile. Cop cars all over the place. Definitely a change for a NODAK. I'm not sure when the law was changed but Whittier Blvd is no longer the Cruising lane it once was. Eventually was able to turn left and worked my way back to Harbor Blvd. Turned south on Harbor and just kept driving. Drove for a while and the awe I felt when I saw the Disneyland sign can't be described. I knew Disneyland was in the LA area but did not know exactly where. I had grown up watching the Wonderful World of Disney on (black and white) tv and who would possibly have thought that one day I would be just cruising around and drive right by Disneyland? Years later (1994) I saw an add in the AAA magazine offering a 3 month pass for Disneyland for $25 with the added bonus of being able to apply the $25 purchase price towards a $99 annual pass...three months of Disneyland basically free! We bought three passes (one for my then 4 year old daughter) and started a 15 year tradition of Disney/Knotts passes. Jeez...Disneyland annual passes for $99!! and with only a few blackout dates. What are Disney passes of that type going for now-a-days??? I kept all those Disney/Knotts passes up until the year they stopped printing them with pictures...15 years worth of 3 children growing up. I remember eating at the Arby's on Whittier Blvd the next day after I got here (which just recently closed). I remember watching my two daughters and son riding the Christmas train in the old Whittwood mall when it was enclosed. Speaking of which...Has anyone seen the movie "A Boyfriend for Chrismas"? The opening 2 minute scene was filmed at the Whittwood and featured that train ride. I remember watching my kids playing on the wooden animals in the center of that mall until they changed to more "safe" plastic animals. I particularly remember the giraffe. I remember taking my old Fiat X/19 to the Sandia (I think it was called) Fiat/Volvo autoshop on whittier blvd to see about getting it fixed because it failed the smog check when I tried to license it for California. Found out it was cost prohibitive to fix so I put a deposit down for a Mazda RX-7 at the Mazda dealership that used to be located near Harbor and Whittier Blvd. At that time RX-7's were a hot commodity and I waited for months to get one...finally going down to a Mazda dealer in Huntington Beach to get mine. I remember going with my oldest daughter to a father/daughter dance at the old Ritz near where Albertson's is now. The Ritz that was once a skating rink??? I remember having some of my children's birthday parties at the Skateland rink. I remember my kid's playing in the fountains at Parnell park (when they used to allow the water to build up); fountain at the Whittier library before it was turned into a parking lot. I remember buying stuff at the Sackett and Peters on Whittier Blvd "long" before the advent of such box stores as Home Depot and Lowes.

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  25. I grew up in Whittier in the 60's. Was born at Murphy Hospital on upper Hadley, which was turned into a men's dorm for Whittier College in the 70's.

    Sure enjoyed your "Museum". Several things: Fred C. Nelles was widely referred to as "Juvy"--always a good way to threaten one's little brother with. Also, you have the location for Bob's Big Boy wrong. It was further down Whittier Blvd--just before or around Colima where the Ford dealer (Fletcher Jones, I think) was. It's where the cruisers heading east would turn around on Friday night cruising. The other turn around point, heading West, was between Painter and Greenleaf. If you got to Greenleaf you'd gone too far. Also, re Theaters destroyed by that earthquake? Also the Wardman on Greenleaf--I went to double features there almost every Saturday. The original House of Van shoe store was not the one in your photo, that came later; it was on the southwest corner of Hadley and Greenleaf.

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  26. I grew up in Whittier, went to Monte Vista until 1979 and had to finish senior year at La Serna because of the Prop 13 closure. I left LaSerna after 1st semester since I had all my credits and came back in June to graduate with the class of '80. Friday night cruising and high school dances are my best memories. What a place Whittier was in the 70's and 80's. As a preteen, I loved going to Mills Mart, Kmart for the sub sandwiches and getting ice cream from Sav-On at Whittwood on Friday nights with the family. I recall taking Easter Bunny photos at Whittwood also.

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  27. I grew up in Whittier, went to Monte Vista until 1979 and had to finish senior year at La Serna because of the Prop 13 closure. I left LaSerna after 1st semester since I had all my credits and came back in June to graduate with the class of '80. Friday night cruising and high school dances are my best memories. What a place Whittier was in the 70's and 80's. As a preteen, I loved going to Mills Mart, Kmart for the sub sandwiches and getting ice cream from Sav-On at Whittwood on Friday nights with the family. I recall taking Easter Bunny photos at Whittwood also.

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  28. I used to eat at the Trolley in hi shows dept store with my mom. Does anyone remember the name of the ice cream parlor that made its ice cream. They gave huge scoops. It was on Hadley but moved to uptown to green leaf just up from Myers dept store. They also served sandwiches

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  29. That was supposed to be Hinshaw's dept store

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  30. Born at Whittier Pres in '64. Leffingwell, Granada, La Serna. Lots of great memories. The bakery at Whittwood, where you could watch them frost the cakes from the outside window on the side. Farrell's, with the big drum on your birthday. The Whittwood Theater, with the circular walkway to get to the balcony. The Hush Puppy store in the mall that had a slide in the store. Pistachio ice cream at Sav-On's. There was a clerk there who had a deformed arm. Used to trip me out as a kid.

    I remember when they built the YMCA behind the mall. For a while, they had a dirt bike track back behind the Y. I remember when JC Penny's used to be in the middle of the mall, and Von's was on the east end (with cookie bins!) Never forget the wrecking ball taking it down, so that they could move Penny's to that end, and move Von's over to the southeast corner. We used to hang out at the Straw Hat a couple of doors down, because we could buy beer there.

    The annual carnival at St. Brunos Church - complete with actual carnival rides. T-Ball try outs at East Whittier Elementary. Pinball at the Friendly Hills Lanes (BOWL). The summer reading program at the East Whittier Library, with the big board that marked your progress, and the party at the end, that always featured a dark maze you had to work your way through.

    I could go on and on . . .

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  31. Ha, Ha. I remember Sav-On's. You could get 2 scoops of ice cream for 25 cents... I was born in New Orleans, but moved to whittier when I was 4 yrs old in the late sixties. We went
    to the Quad shopping center a lot when I was very young. My dad's favorite place to go was Hinshaw's for the hard candy.
    The movie theater where I saw all the Disney movie's was at the Whitewood Mall. $1 for a big bucket of popcorn with free refills, that was in the 70's.
    Does anyone remember La Prima Bakery. They had the freshest Italian bread, always hot. You couldn't wait to get home to put some butter on it.
    I also remember the Bob's Big Boy in Uptown Whittier. Those were good hamburgers with sesame seeds on top. Those were the days!

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  32. La prima was awesome! The pizza squares and meatball sandwich and cold cut sandwiches there were great!

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  33. I almost forgot the Lambert pharmacy. I remember riding bikes there with my friend from across the street. We use to buy candy there. They had a huge selection and cool toys also.

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  34. I almost forgot the Lambert pharmacy. I remember riding bikes there with my friend from across the street. We use to buy candy there. They had a huge selection and cool toys also.

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  35. La prima was awesome! The pizza squares and meatball sandwich and cold cut sandwiches there were great!

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  36. Anyone remember Elliotts drug mart uptown Whittier.Or the submarrin sandwitch place on Gunn and Lambert.How about Quakermaid Dairy or the Helmes bakery truck that used to come to you house.
    Anyone remember the plane that crashed uptown whitter in the 70's.How about Dave Carters Kung Fu studio on Hadley.How about the joke shop accross from the Quad.

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    1. I totally remember Helm's bakery trucks and I was watching cartoons, after a day at school, when the airplanes collided above Catherine Edward's Junior High. It was crazy. It was in my husband's neighborhood and he went to Edwards. An afterschool basketball game was going on, when it happened. There were plane parts, people and belongings strewn everywhere. So sad.

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  37. How about Market basket when it was in the whittwood mall before Von's took it over how about lambert little league. Anyone remember when the trains used to run on the track going down lambert by Gunn and Mills.
    Remember Ray Schmit gas station on greenleaf ave. going uptown or Modden on corner of Whittier Blvd and Greenleaf.

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  38. How about the Holly house on Gunn and Lambert

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  39. What about the grayhound bus station on Hadley and Comstock.

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  40. How about the side door resturant on greenleaf.

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  41. Love your blog!!! I grew up in Whittier, went to Sorensen, Edwards and Pioneer!! Remember Music Revolution? The "all-you-can-eat fish n' chips on Friday nights at Thrifty's coffee shop? And Santa Fe Lanes bowling alley on Washington and Broadway? My younger years all flashed back after reading your page!! Thanks!

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  42. Love your blog!!! I grew up in Whittier, went to Sorensen, Edwards and Pioneer!! Remember Music Revolution? The "all-you-can-eat fish n' chips on Friday nights at Thrifty's coffee shop? And Santa Fe Lanes bowling alley on Washington and Broadway? My younger years all flashed back after reading your page!! Thanks!

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  43. how about the nixson drivein in the orange grove

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  44. does anyone know the former name of what is now called the ''whittier square building'' i think it was called the ''PENN BUILDING'' back in the 80s 90s?????? if anyone could help me with this i'd really appreciate it.Also there was a company in that same building that was called''AMTECH ELEVATORS'' a very good female friend of mine worked there in the late 80s and early 90s. Her name was ''MONIQUE'' i didnt or dont remember her last name though. if anyone who remembers all of the above, please contact me with my email:jpspooked@gmail.com my name is john sullivan. please let me know! thank you!!!!

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  45. Great post I'm curious does anyone have any photos of the House of Humor it was located behind the Quad on Laurel and oak in Laurel Square last building down from Scotty's restaurant.

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  46. I grew up in South Whittier, and I remember many of the places you mention. Do you remember a burger stand called The Triangle on Telegraph and Carmenita? What about Bob's Market on Carmenita and Meyer Rd? It's still there and the interior is unchanged from the 1960s. Bob's is still the heart of South Side Whittier. Across the parking lot, Tacos Sabrosa stands in the old A&W stand. Great tacos.

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  47. I've lived in Whittier since march 1964 when I was three I just left whittwoos was in the former the broadway niesears you won't be disappointed it's pretty much same even same voice on escaltatpr

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  48. I was Googling Sackett & Peters & ended up here. I went to Whittier College & graduated in 1969. I had a job for a time in '67 or '68 working the switchboard at Murphy Hall, which had been converted from a hospital to dorms. The morgue was in the basement and was still intact. It was used for a variety of things- use your imagination. Miflin's Market, at the corner of Philadelphia and Painter, existed mostly because of student business, I think. The best pizza IMO was from Faso's, located on Greenleaf uptown. Upscale restaurants were XX Mitchells and King's Retreat, both located in Whittier Blvd. Most of my eating was done at Bob's Big Boy or Jack's. I think it was XX Mitchell's that had an upstairs lounge with a guy who was always singing Don Ho songs. You could get served with a fake ID anytime. I could rent a car from Frank Dore Ford on Washington uptown even though I was underaged, if they had a letter from your parents accepting responsibility, and mine were crazy enough to do it. For $10 a day I rented some sweet new Mustangs for special events. The Playgirl Club on Greenleaf uptown had some amazing acts- Ike & Tina Turner Review, Coasters, Drifters, and such. My girlfriend, who was a soc major, worked as an intern counselor at Fred C. Nelles. She also worked for a while at May Co. at the Quad. I cashed in my meal ticket, took my last dollar and bought a new amp, turntable and bookshelf speakers from Hi-Fi Haven on Greenleaf uptown. I think I paid under $400. Many happy memories.

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  49. I grew up in Pico Rivera, but spent alot of time in Whittier (still do). I remember when Palm Park had the train going right down the middle of the park. We would see movies at the Wardman when it was still a single theater. We were oftern at Hinshaw's buying shoes or May Co for clothes. At Whitwood, we went to the Whitwood Theater (saw Earthquake in Sensaround). I took music lessons inside the mall. I remember my dad going to Sackett & Peters, as well as Lou Miller's on Whittier Bl. We used to go to the Whittier Theater on Hadley, as well as the tiny bowling alley about a block away in the residential area. We went to the Sundown Drive In several times, and I also went to Fred C Nelles (only as a reluctant visitor). And we use to love to go to Penn Park to see the ducks down below the bridge and run around in the back area.

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  50. Scandia Bakery for a cupcake and then off to House of Humor to spend the rest (Laurel Square on Laurel Ave. just south of Whittier Blvd across from The Quad).

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  51. Was there a cocos restaurant on Whittier Blvd. where the IHOP is now in the city of Whittier

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  52. Was born at the now closed LaMirada hospital went to Murphy Ranch, Hillview, La Serna the 80's wow Does anyone remember Captain Videos it used to be across the street from a closed market in uptown Whittier. Inside was Whittiers Best Burgers I used to work there. Remember Lou Millers on whittier blvd ? Used to get in trouble all the time at Alpha Beta on the corner of Colima and Whittier blvd. Remember Leo's Stereo on Beach had my first cassette radio installed there. Or Remember Tonys Pizza in the Whitwood Mall used to be a total babe that worked there Kelly Mook ....wow you got great pizza and a hot girl to talk to. Always remember Orange Julious and Millers Outpost. Used to have a blast with security the red coat guys at the Broadway and Ice Cream at Sav-on's was always great Farrells Ice cream and the one screen movie theatre at Whittwood mall. Remember the 4 screen theatre opened at La Mirada Mall everyone liked that theatre better plus that mall had a really cool arcade. Remember the BMW dealership on Beach and Whittier blvd seems so long ago just like Metelbeke VW in La Habra. Still Remember plush que was pretty cool place to play pool and meet girls. El Patio Barros Pizza Lovells three places I went to all the time. Oh and the bowling alley across from the Whittwood Mall had so much fun bowling and thet had an Arcade too it was cool to hang out there I was sad to see recently that it was closed so many memories ....Grant

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