High Desert Memories - A Hometown Journal Commemorating Ridgecrest California
This is the Drive thru dairy on RC BLVD....still open.
Corner of W. Ridgecrest Blvd, and Alvord St. looking west. This was originally the Post Office before it moved to Balsam St.
Shoaff's Cafe on Ridgecrest Blvd. Now closed.
Bank of America on the SW corner of Ridgecrest Blvd. and China lake Blvd. This is the original site of Bentham's Corners
NW corner of Balsam St. and W. Ridgecrest Blvd. Originally the First Federal Savings and Loan. They also had a popular time and temp sign on their site. Later it was Eagle Mountain Gifts and currently houses the law offices of Burke West. Just to the right is the corner where the post office made its next home in the 50's.
This is the corner of Balsam and Ridgecrest Blvd. Looks like a chinese restaraunt on the left end of the bldg. The old Ridgecrest Pharmacy and Hazeltons clothing store. What you see here as JD's used to be Burke's Meat market. Looking to the left and down Balsam you can see where the old post office was.
The Landmark Baptist Church on the corner of Norma St. and Ridgecrest Blvd.
East Ridgecrest Blvd. The Daily Independent. In the background the trees are a part of old Wherry Housing now a low income development owned by Ridge Apartments/
KZIQ Radio and Bowles Desert Insurance. Prior to that it was Desert Insurance and was owned by Bill Duguid. Located on the North side of Ridgecrest Blvd. just west of China Lake Blvd. Just to the east of this bldg is where the now closed Bamboo Club used to be.
John's Pizza and Ice Cream on W. Ridgecrest Blvd. This is very close to the site where Bauer's Burgers was many years ago. Us old timers remember Tiny Bauer and Bauers Burgers. John's Pizza parking lot to the right in this pic may be the actual location of Tiny's.
This is Jeff's Music Shop in a building that is very near John's Pizza and Ice Cream and the former site of Bauer's Burgers.
Loewen's Appliances on E. Ridgecrest Blvd.on the south side of the street. Loewens is close to the old bowling alley and just west of the old Miracle City Motel now undergoing renovation again!!
West Ridgecrest Blvd. just east of the old Victory Market site and once was Rizzardini's Furniture and in later years a popular teen shop called Anita's Dress Shop.
Orient Outlet located on W Ridgecrest Blvd. Across from the old post office. This was the location of Means Nursery. Many desert rats will remember using the walkway access next to Means Nursery which connected Ridgecrest Blvd. to the Park and James Monroe School to the South of the Park.
Old Kern County Courthouse. On land that was donated in 1944 by Joe Fox for a recreation center for the servicemen. The USO actually ran it for a while and in 1946 it was acqured by Kern County for their Court. This building has most recently been operated as a womens center and is now empty.
This was the original site of Victory Market built in 1944 by Mac Rizzardini. Today it houses a martial arts studio.
Old location on West Ridgecrest Blvd. of the Kern County Library, this was located just west of the old courthouse.
Site of the old Bamboo Club on west Ridgecrest Blvd. It has been a number of different bars and card clubs. This is on the south side of the street just west of the Bank of America and the intersection of Ridgecrest Blvd. and China Lake Blvd.
RC's Barbershop located at 225 W Ridgecrest Blvd. on the South side of the street. This was the Chips Cafe in the 50's,west of Shoaffs Cafe. Today RC's shares this building with the The Flower Shop
This familiar building was once Hucek's Travel Service in the 60's and 70's and was also your Greyhound Bus Stop. It is on the south side of E Ridgecrest Blvd. and just east of the corner where Suzy Q's once was at the intersection of China Lake Blvd. and Ridgecrest Blvd.
Just south of the China Lake and Ridgecrest Blvd intersection on the east side of So. Chna Lake Blvd. is a little street called Grande Way. This suite of offices house primarily beauty salon services. Grande Way winds behind businesses which face onto both E. Ridgecrest Blvd. and S. China Lake Blvd. making its way sougherly to California Avenue which Runs east and west and intersects So. China Lake Blvd.
Fraternal Order of the Eagles located at 301 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. on the SW corner intersection with S. Warner St. to the left of this bldg.
Tommy T's on E. Ridgecrest Blvd. located where the old Ridgecrest Bowl was and prior to that in the late 40's and early 50's Ridgecrest Motors.
Airbrush - located on the SE corner of W. Ridgecrest Blvd. and Warner St. In the 50's and 60's this was the law offices of Ken Smith.
If your a fisherman I am told that this is Ridgecrests answer to Fishermans Nirvana!!! Located at 337 W. Ridgecrest Blvd.