Saturday, March 8, 2008
Sierra Nevada House III Coloma California
In the 1970's my sisters and I all worked at this neat old soda parlor in Coloma. I got a job there first as a waitress, and my sisters both ended up working there, too. So did one of my best friends.
There were rooms upstairs, and there was also a more elegant style dining room that was added on at some point. When we were growing up, it was considered a very special treat indeed if we were taken there to have a little Clown Sundae. Sometimes we would be promised a trip out there during the summer if we got good grades (which we always did!),but those trips didn't always happen.
The people who owned it before we worked there also sold antiques inside, so it was filled with all kinds of beautiful old things.
The food was really good. The slapjacks were great, and the burgers were served in paper-lined gold pans. I swear I started gaining weight when I worked there, and I have struggled with it ever since!
I have fond memories of working there. I remember some of the regulars who came in. One old guy was named Pomeroy Lee. Everybody called him Pom. He looked exactly like what you would expect a prospector, or a Miner 49er to look like! He would always sit at the counter and have a short stack and coffee. There was another really nice old gentleman named Ralph, and a pair of realtors who worked nearby named Andy and Noreen. Like I said - good memories (mostly!). And yet - it probably wasn't a good idea for this teenager to have access to ice cream and hot fudge on a regular basis! Ah, the good old days.
P.S. A special thank you to my sis for loaning me the postcards pictured in this post!
Okay - I decided to add two more images to this post. These are both from our high school yearbook advertisements section. The one above shows the soda fountain marble counter with it's wooden swivel stools, and the antique back bar. The girl in the photo is Suzanne, who was in grades K-12 with my sister, if I'm not mistaken. There were only a handful of us in my class who did that. And the last one, below? Well, that is my sister "waiting on" one of my dearest, "bestest" friends!! This one was taken in the dining room.