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The Islander, Grimes, CA (bar)
thejab
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2004-08-16 4:05 pm   Permalink

Name:The Islander
Type:bar
Street:CA Highway 45
City:Grimes
State:CA
Zip:95950
country:USA
Phone:(530) 437-2284
Status:operational

Description:
Dive bar in remote rural area of California. About an hour North of Sacramento off of I-5. The bar was closed when I stopped by but I asked some friendly locals what the bar was like inside. They said it was not tropical or Polynesian in decor, but it was just a regular bar, and that it would be open later in the afternoon. We could not wait for 2-3 hours so I phoned the bar the next day and spoke with a much less friendly woman who also said that it was not tropical inside. I asked her if the sign was from the Islander in Stockton. She said the sign was there when she started working there over 20 years ago (which does not prove it's not from the Islander). She did not understand why anyone would want to know more about her bar, even when I explained that I like visiting old bars and restaurants. Visit at your own risk.







[ This Message was edited by: thejab on 2004-08-19 11:00 ]


 
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theronpk
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 20
From: santa barbara
Posted: 2004-08-27 1:13 pm   Permalink

wow really cool find, Jab!!! did you just happen to stumble on it>??that sure does look like the stockton Islander logo! hope someone's brave enough to grab a drink there.
T


 
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thejab
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2004-08-27 2:25 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-08-27 13:13, theronpk wrote:
did you just happen to stumble on it?



My friends in Sacramento drive vintage sports cars. They were on a road rally when they spotted the sign.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11197
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2004-08-27 3:18 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-08-27 14:25, thejab wrote:

My friends in Sacramento drive vintage sports cars. They were on a road rally when they spotted the sign.



Urban archeology with style, I say!


 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1930
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2010-04-06 8:11 pm   Permalink

This pic was actually posted by Vintage Roadside today on facebook .Thought I would
post this pic since Jabs pic does not show anymore.




 
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1961surf
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2010-04-06 8:30 pm   Permalink

This place has been closed for a couple of years .

 
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abstractiki
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Joined: Aug 29, 2009
Posts: 604
From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2010-04-06 9:10 pm   Permalink

I wish I had the time to get the story on this place.

Here are some pics i got off the internet a long time ago , I'm not sure who took them, maybe they are Jabs or Vintage Roadsigns. Sorry I didn't take down the info when i got them.

They might be the pics that used to be on this thread before.







 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-04-06 9:46 pm   Permalink

1961 Surf and Abstract,

Thanks for posting those pics, what a great sign. Look forward to hearing more about the origins of the sign.

I also love the fact that the Highway 45 directional signs are hanging on the front of the building, don't see that in the Caltrans design manual.



DC


 
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Vintage Roadside
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Joined: May 21, 2009
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2010-04-07 2:46 pm   Permalink

We shot our photos last August on the way down to Tiki Oasis. The place looked pretty bare inside (through the windows) with only a few normal stools and some vinyl Budweiser advertising hanging up. No idea how such a great sign ended up atop a fairly normal looking bar...

I'll look through our photos and see if I took any of the interior.


 
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Vintage Roadside
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2010-04-07 10:58 pm   Permalink

Just got word via Flickr that the sign was removed a couple months back. No word on if it was saved or discarded though.

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-04-08 07:41 am   Permalink

Vintage Roadside,

That's some bad news, maybe we can get a field agent up there to check it out and see if it can be saved.

DC


 
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Vintage Roadside
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Joined: May 21, 2009
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2010-04-08 11:52 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-04-08 07:41, Dustycajun wrote:
Vintage Roadside,

That's some bad news, maybe we can get a field agent up there to check it out and see if it can be saved.

DC



DC,

The person who left the comment is from the area and I've asked him for more details. His comment was "glad you got the photos before it was destroyed" so it doesn't sound good - but fingers crossed someone saved it...

Jeff


 
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abstractiki
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2010-04-08 7:13 pm   Permalink

That sucks, I was considering a recon/rescue mission for Saturday.


 
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Vintage Roadside
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2010-04-08 11:34 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-04-08 19:13, abstractiki wrote:
That sucks, I was considering a recon/rescue mission for Saturday.




There's a little store next door that I'd ask if they knew what happened to it. I did hear again from the person on Flickr and he said the person he asked told him it was thrown away. Even though we've seen it so many times I can't believe people continue to throw things like this away...


 
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thejab
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2010-04-11 1:01 pm   Permalink

The photos abstractiki posted above are the ones I took in August, 2004 (I just found them on my computer). I'm glad you kept them abstractiki and were able to add them to this thread.

 
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