Gone But Not Forgotten… Lost Roadside Attractions

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     As time marches on and progress continues to physically change the shape of ourlandscape around us, we’re losing so many of the places that are embedded in our memory of years past. Places we so vividly recall visiting or spending time at… happy places of our youth or our children’s younger yearsfamily-vacation-stacked-car-clipart. Some were a wonderful escape from day-to-day life, like a fantasy world, when things were much more ‘carefree’. Others were places we passed or stopped at on those long family road trips when life was moved at a much slower pace than today. Take a journey back with me into time and let’s revisit some of those places.

royer-park-train-rosevilleI started this list about 10 years ago with maybe a few dozen listings of attractions that have since closed down, due to whatever reasons, or have been abandoned, some have suffered from fires, floods, earthquakes, recession, finances, lack of funding to keep open or lack of interest from the ever-changing demographics of visitors causing loss of interest. The places listed here cover several generations, time-wise, from our parents, grandparents or great grandparents era of the late 1800’s all the way up to those that have gone out of business since the millenium. Lots and lots of pictures and links for you to enjoy & learn more about on your own.

Roadside attractions, amusement parks, theme parks, water parks, unusual city parks,
family fun parks, aquariums, zoos, petting zoos, aviaries, monterey-carousel-inside-the-edgewater-packing-company2museums, military bases with special features, themed restaurants, exotic floral gardens, strange oddities, bizarre structures & statues, and the like are all included. Some of the most difficult to keep up were all of the miniature golf courses, larger video arcades, bowling alleys, dance halls, concert venues, luxurious theaters, large recreation centers, malibu-grand-prix-redwood-citythemed campgrounds, public pools, etc. I’ve tried to include those that stood out among the rest for one reason or another. But I’m well aware there are tons more out there that you remember from growing up at.

There are now over 400 listings focussing predominantly in California, Arizona, Nevada,dinosaur-park-sun-valley-az Oregon, Washington & British Columbia, Canada. As one would imagine, the list will never be complete as that would be virtually impossible to keep up with, but I’m constantly finding more places through research that I had either forgotten about, never knew existed, discovered recently or have been referred by readers like you.  Updates, accidental omissions and additional closures will continue being added on this list on and ongoing basis as time permits for me. Please feel free to give me your input and alert me of places you know about that I have not included.

route-66-hwy-signWith all that said, please sit back and revisit, learn about and enjoy the following post.Please bookmark it or ‘follow’ so you can come back here from time to time to see what’s new. Once again los and lots of pictures and links for you to check out more in-depth are included within.

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Remembering Lost and Forgotten Roadside Tourist Attractions and Amusement Parks on the West Coast

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The Death of the Hobby Shop (via Wax Heaven)

This is one subject I can relate to first hand as I had one of the first or earliest shops in the greater Sacramento (California) region. I had already been doing indoor shows and outdoor events up and down the West Coast for the previous 5 years prior to opening up a full time retail shop. I was the 4th shop to open within a 30 mile radius back in 1985… still a few years before the glut of card companies, the proliferation of “insert” cards and of course all the investors that got into the market for a quick turn around or payoff and ruined it for the die hard collector hobbyists.

By 1989 there were over 100 shops within that same 30 mile radius and within a couple of years, about the time of the first Gulf War back in 1991, about 90% of those were gone. I weathered it out as best I could, relocated and re-emerged with a variety of other pop culture collectibles to make up for lost revenue with cards. “Pogs” were just beginning to take hold but I knew those would be a passing fad.

I learned as time went on that one has to diversify with other “trendy” or “fad” items that are “hot” at the time. About the same I also pursued other favorite collectibles at this time including the emerging video game market, comic books, TV and movie memorabilia, records and music collectibles, die-cast cars such as Matchbox and Hot Wheels and non-sport cards. Gaming type cards were still a few years away but the foundation was laid with some early-issue Dungeon & Dragon cards as well as TSR cards.

Previously to opening up a retail store I had already spent a lot of time traveling on the road doing flea markets, swap meets, card shows, gift shows, antique & collector shows, mall shows, toy shows, county fairs, street fairs, community festivals, etc. from Vancouver, BC to San Diego, Tucson to Denver, including big cities and small town places in between throughout the western 11 states. I first started doing this around 1980 so I was already quite diversified.

I lasted 22 years with a brick and mortar type store and ended up closing shop for good in early 2007, right before the economy began it’s downward spiral. I let a lot of stuff go cheap  through yard sales and flea markets as well online through eBay, before the greed and the “mass exodus” away from eBay started shortly thereafter. I switched to Amazon and simultaneously began other online venues and presently finding myself favoring Craigslist (as far as dealing with the local clientele)

Lots of memories were brought back by this article.

The Death of the Hobby Shop I remember the last time I bought baseball cards before my 10 year break. I had just bought a box of some Upper Deck product and felt nothing—no excitement, no joy in the pulls, and certainly no thrill whatsoever. At 17 years of age I knew that it was time to move on. Back then there were considerably less products being released per year and THREE sports cards shops within 10 minutes of my house. Today, getting back into collecting took a lot … Read More

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Famous Movie Quotes We’ve Often Repeated

It’s interesting to think about how much of an affect or influence the “big screen” has been in our lives from childhood well into our adult years — and not just on action scenes — but we’ve listened intently to conversations between characters in movies and find ourselves consciously or subconsciously picking up on quotes, sometimes serious, often amusing, but the lines stick in our heads long after we leave the theater or turn off the television. They’ve basically become part of our “pop culture” terminology that we often use, when the situation is just right. Scan the list and see just how many of these you remember — and then how many of them you’ve repeated to your family, friends, work associates, or people you come across in your day-to-day activities.

So — with all that said —behold the list of the most endearing of those quotes:

  • “May the Force be with you.” — Star Wars (1977)
  • “There’s no place like home.” — The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” — Network (1976)
  • “Houston, we have a problem.” — Apollo 13 (1995)
  • “To Infinity and beyond!” — Toy Story (1995)
  • “Elementary, my dear Watson.” — The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
  • “You had me at ‘hello'” — Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • “I’m the king of the world.” — Titanic (1997)
  • “I’ll be back.” — The Terminator (1984)
  • “E.T. phone home.” — E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
  • “Bond. James Bond.” — Dr. No (1962)
  • “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” — Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” — The Godfather (1972)
  • “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” — The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” — Dirty Harry (1971)
  • “Hasta la vista, baby.” — Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • “Here’s looking at you, kid.” — Casablanca (1942)
  • “Go ahead, make my day” — Sudden Impact (1983)
  • “You talkin’ to me?” — Taxi Driver (1976)
  • “Show me the money!” — Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • “If you build it, he will come.” — Field of Dreams (1989)
  • “Here’s Johnny!” — The Shining (1980)
  • “They’re here!” — Poltergeist (1982)
  • “Is it safe?” — Marathon Man (1976)
  • “Game over, man! Game Over!” — Aliens (1986)
  • “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.” — Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981)
  • “I’ll have what she’s having.” — When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  • “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” — The Godfather – Part II (1974)
  • “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump (1994)
  • “Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” — The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948)
  • “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” — Sons of The Desert (1933)
  • “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” — All About Eve (1950)
  • “It’s alive! It’s alive!” — Frankenstein (1931)
  • “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. — Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  • “Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” — Planet of The Apes (1968)
  • “I love the smell of napalm in the morning!” — Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” — Love Story (1970)
  • “We all go a little mad sometimes” — Psycho (1960)
  • “The stuff that dreams are made of. — The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!” — Scarface (1983)
  • “What a dump.” — Beyond The Forest (1949)
  • “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” — She Done Him Wrong (1933)
  • “I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” — Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • “You can’t handle the truth!” — A Few Good Men (1992)
  • “I see dead people.” — The Sixth Sense (1999)
  • “Well, nobody’s perfect.” — Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” — The Shining (1980)
  • “Hello gorgeous.” — Funny Girl (1968)
  • “Toga! Toga!” — National Lampoon’s Animal House (1968)
  • “After all, tomorrow is another day!” — Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • “Round up the usual suspects.” — Casablanca (1942)
  • “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” — The Pride of The Yankees (1942)
  • “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” — Animal Crackers (1930)
  • “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” — Wall Street (1987)
  • “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” — The Jazz Singer (1927)
  • Striker: “Surely you can’t be serious!” Rumack: “I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.” — Airplane (1980)
  • “My precious.” — Lord of The Rings:  Two Towers (2002)
  • “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.” — Goldfinger (1964)
  • “Nobody puts ‘Baby’ in a corner.” — Dirty Dancing (1987)
  • “Who’s on First?” — The Naughty Nineties (1945)
  • “I feel the need—the need for speed!” — Top Gun (1986)
  • “Snap out of it!” — Moonstruck (1987)
  • “My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.” — Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Let The Good Times Roll With Pop Culture

old-tvLET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! – This page will basically group together a large number of posts dealing with a very wide range of things associated with good times, fun stuff and Pop Culture – past, present and maybe even a little into the future.classic-white-retro-car

Pop Culture (short for “popular culture”) may be a little difficult to explain, due largely to the fact that it’s perpetually changing as time goes on, as we grow older, and things are ever evolving ….. It’s what’s happening around us each and everyday. It encompasses a lot of Ebbets_Field_Outside2territory – the styles and trends in clothing and fashions, the movies and television shows we watch, the music we listen to, the books and magazines we read, the vehicles we drive, the words or terminology we use everyday, the games we play (board games, video games, outdoor games), the places we visit and the memories we take with us ….. It’s all a part of our popular culture. It’s a reflection of our past Woodstock-album-coverchildhood memories, a retro feel of sorts, like missing a lot of the things we grew up with. It’s constantly being redefined as we grow older.We see what is popular or trendy each and every day no matter where we go or what you do. The media plays a huge part in this and thus becomes a major influence……probably even more-so today than in years gone by ….. billboards, TV, radio, newspapers, magazine ads and articles, the world wide web.We are being bombarded by images of  the retro_radiotrendiest fashion models, celebrity endorsements, the latest previews and releases of movies and TV, sporting events, medications, nutrition, health foods, the latest gadgets and technology, becoming more environmentally conscious and even how to save the planet….. how we look, how we dress, what we watch, where we shop as well as what we buy, where we travel to, what we eat, what we drive, what we do for fun and entertainment.  All rockem_sockem_robotsof the above defines what popular culture is today. It starts when we are infants, continues as toddlers through adolescents, teens, young adults into middle age and into our senior years. It seems that as we grow older, we yearn for  the fond memories of our youth, a more peaceful rubiks_cubeand innocent time, the things that gave us happiness and security. Every generation goes through this eventually, but the memories are obviously different with each passing one. Hopefully, this explanation hasn’t confused you even more than ever as what appears below is an accumulation of everything  mentioned above…… :)

This page will continue to be updated and expanded frequently

Please Stay Tuned ………. and check back often!

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OUT ON THE ROAD:Route66

40 Best Road Trip Movies of All Time

50 Most Popular Tourist Attractions In The World

Best National & State Parks in the USA

Fun Family Attractions In Arizona

Fun Family Attractions In British Columbia

Fun Family Attractions In California

Fun Family Attractions In The Pacific Northwest

Most Popular US Attractions: State By State

Remembering Lost & Forgotten Roadside Tourist Attractions & Amusement Parks On The West Coast

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CARS & DRIVING:

Amusingly Clever License Plates

15 Driving Tips For Better Fuel Economy

Songs About Cars & Driving

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TELEVISION:retroTV

Best TV Game Shows of All Time

Catchphrases, Expressions & Slogans of the 50’s – 60’s – 70’s – 80’s

Favorite TV Dads Over The Years – Who Are Yours?

Gallery of Famous Cartoon Dogs Over The Years

Most Popular Brand Advertising Mascots of All Time

TV Commercial Advertising: Greatest Slogans Jingles Taglines & Catchphrases of All Time

TV’s Greatest Variety Shows of All Time

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MOVIES:

40 Best Road Trip Movies of All Time

Best Baseball Movies Of All Time – “A Tribute To The Boys Of Summer”

Best Football Movies of All Time – Gridiron Action

Famous Movie Quotes We’ve Often Repeated

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VIDEO GAMES & CONSOLES:

Video Game Consoles: A Visual History

Copy & Backup Any Video Game Easily With The Copy Wizard

FarmVille Strategy Guide: The Best Kept Secrets Revealed!

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TOYS & GAMES:monopoly

Big Wheel & Game Boy Finally Get Their Overdue Place In The Toy Hall of Fame

Famous Toys Enshrined at the National Toy Hall of Fame

Most Popular Board & Action Games of All Time

Toy Museums Around The United States

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100 Most Loved Children’s Books

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ADVERTISING & COMMERCIALS:

Liquor Mascots: Do You Remember These?

Most Popular Brand Advertising Mascots of All Time

TV Commercial Advertising: Greatest Slogans JinglesTaglines & Catchphrases of All Time

Worst Corporate Slogan Translations Ever Made

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FAIRS, FESTIVALS & FUN FOODS:fair-food

Some Are Fun… Some Are Disgusting… All Are Unusual…

10 Most Unusual Foods In The World For Adventurous Appetites

20 Incredible Edible Fair Foods – If You Dare

Bizarre Culinary Choices From Around The Globe

Freaky Fried Fair Foods

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CASINOS & GAMBLING:gambling1

10 Fast Facts About Indian Casinos & Tribal Land

Indian Casinos of California

Songs About Gambling & Luck

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EXPRESS YOURSELF:homework_brain_damage-4851

10 More Ideas or Thoughts To Ponder Over

12 Not-So-Deep Thoughts

25 Priceless Lessons On Life Learned From Mom

40+ Annoying Expressions & Stupid Sayings

Amusing Oxymorons

Catchphrases, Expressions & Slogans of the 50’s – 60’s – 70’s – 80’s

Did You Know? – Strange But True Facts & Triviaspock_livelongandprosper

How To Use Math Logic To Succeed

Humorous Observations of Real Life Experiences

Images That Say A Lot

Is Life Really Measured By Numbers?

Murphy’s Law – With Some New Insightkeep_on_truckin'

Questionable Thought Process

Random Thoughts To Make You Think

Strange & Obscure Words To Expand Your Vocabulary With

Tired of eBay? Look Where Else You Can Sell Online!

What Modern Conveniences Could You NOT Live Without?

What Really Scares People: Top 10 Fears

You Can Tell You’re Getting Old When…

You Know You’re Over The Hill If…

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MEMORABLE EVENTS:

09/09/09: The Numbers Game

1969-2009: Events That Changed Our Lives 40 Years Ago

25 Most Remembered Events in Modern US History – Where Were You & What Were You Doing?

Earth Day 2010: The 40th Anniversary

Woodstock Turns 40: What Might Have Been

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TRIBUTES & MEMORIALS:

9/11: Songs of Remembrance & Tribute For Patriot’s Day

Memorial Day Songs As A Tribute

Songs About Grief & Loss of A Loved One

Veterans Day Tribute: Songs Honoring Soldiers & Veterans

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HOLIDAYS & CELEBRATIONS:

10 Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions

All Things Halloween

American Pride & Patriotic Songs

Amusing Stats About Santa & His Flying Reindeer

April Fool’s Day Traditions & Fun

Best Halloween Movies For Kids

Celebrating The Year of The Tiger In 2010

Christmas Novelty Songs: A Large Collection

Earth Day 2010: The 40th Anniversary

Fascinating Facts Legends & Myths About Halloween

Father’s Day Songs & Facts – A Tribute To Dad & Grandpa

Halloween Themed Songs: The Ultimate Playlist

Halloween Traditions Around The World

Labor Day Songs About Work

Love Songs For Valentine’s Day & More

Mother’s Day Songs For Mom

New Years Eve Songs

Song List of Irish Favorites For St. Patrick’s Day

Songs For Dad

Songs For Easter

Songs For Graduation

Songs For Thanksgiving

Songs To Celebrate America’s 4th of July

Thanksgiving Facts Legends Myths & Traditions

Thanksgiving Mazes & Word Search Games

Track Santa’s Christmas Eve Journey Online

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MUSIC & VIBES:jukebox

Most Underrated Rock Bands of All Time

Remembering Michael Jackson

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Roll Call

Song Lists By Subject or Theme

Woodstock Turns 40: What Might Have Been

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SPORTS Ramblings:sports_mix

Best Baseball Movies Of All Time – “A Tribute To The Boys Of Summer”

Best Football Movies of All Time – Gridiron Action

Songs About Baseball

Songs About Football – American Style

Sports Anthems: 100 Songs That Get Fans Pumped Up

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FURRY FRIENDS:

Adorable Pups Live Video Stream Feed

Amusing Animal Antics

Chimpanzee Rescue Update

Gallery of Famous Cartoon Dogs Over The Years

Most Popular Breeds of Dogs In The USA

Songs About Animals & Pets

Top 10 Most Intelligent Breeds of Dogs

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TRIVIA BLAST:

09/09/09: The Numbers Game

Did You Know? – Strange But True Facts & TriviaTrivia-on-tap-logo1-sm

Common Diet Myths vs Actual Reality

5 Summer Food Mysteries Revealed

You Can Tell You’re Getting Old When…

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FEARS, SCARES & HAUNTS:

Bizarre Strange & Unusual Phobias

What Really Scares People: Top 10 Fears

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BODY ART & TATTOOS:

Largest Online Tattoo Gallery

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OPTICAL ILLUSIONS

& VISUAL EFFECTS:

Amazing Ability of The Human Mind

Brain Teaser Color Test

Cool Optical Illusions & Visual Effects

Find The Hidden Images

Optical Illusions: Seeing Is Not Always Believing

Sharpen Your Visual Skills With These Optical Illusions

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SIGNS & VISUAL IMAGES:sign-mix

Amusing Signs That Make You Wonder

Creative Funny & Unusual Signs

Images That Say A Lot

Look! More Amusing Funny & Stupid Signs

Saga of The 7 Dwarves In The 21st Century

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