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Roadside Characters Northern California


Humpty Dumpty
Lake Tahoe, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Here's an interesting roadside find. Check out Humpty Dumpty, prior to his great fall.



Watsonville, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

This little piggy went to the ... May Way Shopping Center. This little oinker beckons all travelers to its BBQ restaurant.








Doggie Diner
San Francisco, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Doggie Diner
Photo courtesy Wanda Mazur

The Doggie Diner head near San Francisco was the last of the remaining signs of the old Doggie Diner. Unfortunately, this sign was blown down by a windstorm on 4/1/01.


Doggie Head (restored)
Photo courtesy Kallisti

Good news! This doggie head was restored back to prime condition. Even the doggie's hat now looks spotless!

Carousel (formerly Doggie Diner)
Photo courtesy Kallisti

Here's a shot of the doggie head standing tall over the Carousel. 07-03



UPDATE 07/08 : The Doggie Diner head in SF (associated with the former Carousel restaurant) has been lovingly restored and moved to a position on Sloat Blvd.  More information can be found at http://www.outsidelands.org/doggie_diner.php. According to this site, the Doggie Diner head was designed in 1960 by artist Harold Bachman for a chain of 30 drive-in restaurants.

The doggie head stands there, somewhat depressingly, right in the middle of the street, on a traffic median.  The colors are so bright, it almost seems to lack authenticity. Many thanks to Heather David for update. 07-08



Doggie Diner Head
San Jose, CA
Photo and info courtesy Heather David

The diner may be gone, but this Doggie Diner head rests comfortably at San Jose's Streetlight Records. According to an employee at Streetlight, the doggie head may have come from a Doggie Diner in Fremont, CA. 07-08



Lockeford Meat Cow
Lockeford, CA
Photo courtesy Tony Craig

Here's the Cow standing above the doorway in Lockeford, CA. This cow is advertising bratwurst and sausages at this Lockeford meat place. 12-10













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