PINE STREET & SPRING STREET

Hot Springs, Saloons, Tunnels, Bordellos, old movie houses

outlaws, and people passing through... more add weekly...

by Buffalo Benford

Mr. Make My Day seen on

Pine Street

 

Busis on Pine between 11th and 12th, which some

years back was the Crooked Kilt and back in the late

1800's was known as the Green Dragon Saloon...was

recorded to be built circa 1887, as a rooming house.  You

can read more of the colorful history in the "Self Guided

Walking Tour of Historic Buildings."

 

When I brought Clint Eastwood to Paso Robles in 2008,

we had our first event at the Paso Robles Inn.  Later I saw

Clint walking alone toward the Kilt by himself along the

park sidewalk.  I later heard that he had gone into the bar

to have a beer.  That night he told me that he used to go

there for a beer back in the days he was shooting Raw

Hide near Paso Robles and hung out here in Paso on

trips here to visit his friend James Brolin, who's married

to Barbara Streisand, and dad to Josh Brolin,  who has returned to live in the area...

Clint Eastwood with rising country star Kacey

Musgraves, who sang at Pine Street Saloon on

her 2 visits to the Paso Digital Film Festival to

perform, in the early days of her rise to fame...

Brothels & Bordellos

As one might imagine, the Brothel

and Bordello history up and down

Pine Street is somewhat hid in history's

closet.  Brothels are known under a

variety of names, including bordello, cathouse, knocking shop, whorehouse,

strumpet house, sporting house, house

of ill repute, house of ill fame, house

of prostitution, and pleasure house.

 

Stay tuned for more on this

colorful history of Pine Street,

the saloons, ladies of the night

and the buildings that housed em.

Corner of 13th and Pine in 1889

 

Known as "skid row" but the reference is from the logging days when logs were laid down to have horses to pull the logs along the logs to move them...it was prior called "skid road", where the road was a

track made of peeled logs half buried in the ground, the term was associated with loggers, as you might have guessed, such that the

part of town called that was where the loggers would hang out and

spend their free time.

 

Just down Pine Street at 840 11th and at the corner of 11th and Pine

was the Municipal Bath House and was a huge tourist and health attraction.  This is now a candy store, but if those wall could talk...

 

1244 Pine Street  in 1922 originally the Highway Hotel

 

Pine St. & 8th - 10th was the Southern Pacific Milling Company

 

Pine & 9th Paso Robles Soda Works and Union Ice Company,

became the local source of Coca Cola and the lone supplier.

 

 

800 Pine Street the Paso Railroad Depot was built in 1887,

after the 1886 arrival of the railroad to Paso Robles...

 

1202 Pine Street around 1890, The Bank Saloon was built

then in 1901, it became the Palm Saloon.

 

1236-38 Pine Street Campbell/Estrada Buildings known as

two of the oldest buildings in Paso Robles, and were ran as

a card room and a saloon.  In 1971 the Pine Street Saloon

took over the 1238 Pine Street Location

 

1238 Pine Street Louis C. Fortini Distributor of beer and spirits

in 1941at 1238 Pine Street and advertising John Wieland's Extra Pale Larger Beer

 

Back in 1930tys the Paso Robles Press was on the Northeast corner of 12th and Pine

Alexander Hotel at the northwest corner of 13th and Pine Street.  Main

door of hotel opened on Pine Street and had a popular dining room

W.S. Lewis Hardware was at 13th and Pine Street in 1889

notice how similar the construction to the Pine St. Saloon

Corner of Pine and 12th Street, coach is loaded to head to the Rail Road

Station down Pine Street about four blocks...

 

PINE STREET and SKID ROW area Saloons

1901 Business Directory lists 15 Saloons in 1901...below are some names of those that were operating

during the late 1880tys

The Pine Street Saloon

Green Dragon Saloon built in 1887 between 12th & 13th where Crooked Kilt was located, later called Busis on Pine Street

Mr. Campbell's Saloon

The Plains Saloon near Pine St and 12th

Ferdes - Rodeo Bar corner of 12th and Pine

C & J's

Ray's Card Room Pine between 12 and 13th

Paso Pub on Pine between 12 and 13th

R.R. Saloon on Pine near the rail road station

The Welcome on 10th and Pine

The Exchange on 13th and Pine

Columbo Cafe and Coctail Lounge on Pine

The Alexander at 12 and Pine

The Mint Pine and 13th

The Cosmopolitan Pine between 12 and 13th

Franks Sparks Saloon Pine Street

The Lodge Pine and 13th

L Brenckel 12th near Pine

The Puck

The Bank 12 and Pine

The Palace

The Ideal

The Paso Hotel Bar

The Plains Bar and Chuck Wagon Cafe in 1930 on Pine

 

Help us think of some other names and email us on the contact page any Spring Street history you know of...

 

 

 

In 1889, the same year that Paso incorporated as a

city, construction began on the new El Paso de Robles

Hotel.  The construction required over one-million bricks

cost a princely $160,000.  The hotel opened for business

in 1891.  The pic above is the style of bricks and sub-

squent buildings around downtown Paso were also built

from these bricks.

 

 

 

At 1031 Pine Street a house built by H.H. Soest, a chemist who studied the

mineral quality of the hot springs water in Paso Robles, and in fact would boil

the water in large vats and extract minerals that he bottled and sold to druggist. 

In 1953 was used as a physical therapy clinic...

 

Story tells that there were many potients, health related elixirs, homeopathic

remedies, parchments, snake doctor concoctions to cure one's ills in the drug

stores in town, and one can only imagine the medicine shows that came into

town traveling The Kings Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

 

We can just imagine the medicine shows that might have stopped and where

the huckster sold his elixirs with a black face singer and some minstrel music.

 

At Pine & 11th there was a sulphur water fountain fed by artesian well, where

you could drink right out of the fountain.

 

 

800 Pine Street is the location for the railroad depot.

On Octorber 8, 1886 the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived

in Paso Robles, then on November 16, it went as far as

Templeton.  On 4-20, that year the railroad went to Santa

Margarita.  It as a number of years later before the rail-

road was built over the grade to San Luis Obispo, do

to the cost of the final distance to build such a railroad.

1886 the Train comes to Paso Robles

The arrival of the railroad down on Pine Street started a big change in the rate

of growth of this new budding health resort town...only blocks from the station

was the historic Hot Springs with mud treatments and healing waters

 

 

THE MUNICIPAL SPRINGS BATH HOUSE AT 840 PINE ST. AT 11th

 

CIRCA: 1905 THE MUNICIPAL BATH HOUSE WITH MUD BATHS

2013... NO SIGN OF HEALING SPRINGS... NOW A CANDY STORE

 

 

SPRING STREET led to the Springs...a historic Indian trail, a  road, and highway

Spring Street at 3rd looking North toward the town in 1900

Spring Street was once a ancient trail that came up from the ocean

where Native Americans of the Salinas and Chumash tribes had

settled the area around North County and the Salinas River Valley

for tens of thousands of years...later called:

 

Old Spanish Mission Trail

El Camino Real

The Royal Highway

The Kings Highway

California Mission Trail

The 101

 

THE ROAD ACTUALLY FOLLOWS PART OF THE

SAN ANDREAS FAULT, and the S&P railroad was

built in segments in the 1870's and 1880's

following the great El Camino Real.

 

 

THEY PAVED PARADISE AND PUT UP A PARKING LOT...

Sink hole behind the Paso Robles Libray that was formed when

the earth shook in Paso Robles in 2002

This is the Springs Bath House on Spring Street that stood where the

sink hole was formed from the 2002 Earthquake...

 

 

Another picture of the Bath House on Spring Street that stood where the

sink hole was formed from the 2002 Earthquake...

Springs as in Spring Street

 

 

Jonie Mitchell -- Big Yellow Taxi, better known as "They Paved

Paradise and put up a parking lot..." I dedicate this to the original

Hot Sulfur Springs on Spring Street...and the stories untold.

The artesian springs flowed strong from the subterranean

river than runs from the Yellowstone Park to the ocean...

hitting a granite uplift of the San Andres Fault and breaks

ground at this ancient spot on earth and became home for

the Salinan Indians for tens of thousands of years...

 

 

1889 The Paso Robles Inn is built

 

STAY TUNED FOR MORE ON THE STAGE COACH ROUTE,

THE PONY EXPRESS, JESSE AND FRANK JAMES, HOT

SPRINGS AND SALINAN INDIAN HISTORY, THE MUSIC AND

MOVIE HISTORY, FAMOUS CHARACTERS AND MORE ON

THE GEOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THESE HERE PARTS...

by Buffalo Benford

 

 

Research from and Thanks to:

 

Depart. of Parks & Recreation Historic Resources Inventory

El Paso Robles Area Historical Society

Number of pictures above taken by Richard Bastian

Main Street Association

Pioneer Museum

Self Guided Walking Tour of Historic Buildings

Daniel Blackburn

Paso Robles Business Directory

 

 

 

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