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In the Old Days:
Windward Avenue

Canals, Bridges


Lagoon and Midway

Miniature Railroad

Market Street

Mecca Buffet

Night Scenes

1921 Amusements

Cabrillo Ship Cafe'

Venice Pier

Bath House or Plunge




Arielle Haze
Venice Photos

Arielle Haze views
Beach Art

Scott Shellstrom
Venice art

Jack Chipman

Dale Hartman

Venice Paintings by
Pat Hartman

Ehrlich buildings
Homage to Old Venice

Chris Burden

Unpainting the Town:
lost murals

Helen K. Garber photos

Jeff Verges

Lance Diskan

Avid Brickman

Art at the Rose Cafe'

New Venice Sign

Robbie Conal

Venice-based Art

Ferus Gallery

Mario Barrios

Gary Steinborn

Earl Newman

St. Charles Mural

Spoons of Venice

Rena Small



In the Old Days:

Thompson's Scenic Railway

This attraction was built in 1910. The Ocean Front Walk side looked something like a mountain, resting on the north side of the pier next to the dance hall and pavilion. The tracks extended out into the ocean supported by a wooden structure. It had a mile and a half of track.


(right) This view looks more or less toward the south. The structure on the right is the Auditorium on the Pier.

(below) The ocean end of the Scenic Railway. The rounded structure is the Bathhouse and Plunge.


Looking toward the north, past the attractive camoflage paint job on the Scenic Railway. On the right is the Ocean Front Walk facade of the Bathhouse, whose ocean side was seen in the previous picture.



This is how the Thompson Scenic Railway looked inside. Not quite Space Mountain, but getting there.





The arcaded building on the left side of the picture, with the fancy brickwork, is at the corner of Market Street on the inland side of Ocean Front Walk. It started out as the Mecca Buffet, and much later became the infamous beatnik hangout, the Gas House.

From a slightly different angle, looking southward, the Mecca Buffet building is also included here. The building with the point on top is the Bandstand.

Below, right:
Almost the exact same view, only lit up at night. This was somewhere between 1910 and 1913.



In 1913 the Scenic Railway was remodeled both functionally and cosmetically. Steeper dips for the coaster, a modern new entry for the Ocean Front Walk side. On the left, the building with the triangular facade is the Neptune Theater. This postcard was postmarked 1916.

In 1920 the Scenic Railway was torn down so the thrilling Big Dipper coaster could be built in its place.






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