Downtown

PRHA
139 1/2 Washington Avenue
Point Richmond, CA

510-412-2202

EST. 1982

museum

Point Richmond.....once an island on San Francisco Bay, is now a neighborhood of Richmond, California .  Point Richmond is that city's birthplace and today is it's "old town".  The Point Richmond History Association was founded in 1979 by Donna Roselius and is dedicated to promoting awareness of the community's exciting and colorful history. To this purpose, we maintain a small museum on the downtown Point Richmond Triangle that is housed by the oldest commercial building in Richmond.  The little museum was saved from destruction and moved to its current location in 1990 under the PRHA leadership of Jerry Cerkanowicz.  It is open on Thursdays 11:30 am to 2:00 pm and Saturdays 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. We invite you to join our organization, with your membership you will receive a subscription (five issues) to "This Point...in time", our entertaining and informative newsletter.  Membership categories include Senior (65 or older) ($15.00/year), Single ($20.00/year), Family ($25.00/year), History Preserver ($50.00/year) or History Maker ($100.00/year). Checks should be made to the Point Richmond History Association and mailed to Pam Wilson, 521 Western Drive, Point Richmond, CA 94801.
The Point Richmond History Association is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.  Contributions to the PRHA are tax deductible under section 170 of the code.

Related Richmond History Links:

 Red Oak Victory Ship Rosie the Riveter

A Brief History of Point Richmond

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Board of Directors

Bonnie Jo Cullison, President
Heinz Lankford, Vice President
Kathe Kiehn, Treasurer

Caitlin Hibma, Secretary
Pam Wilson, Membership
Gary Shows, Newsletter Editor

Our museum hours:
Thursday

11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Contact:  info@pointrichmondhistory.org

Donate or pay for membership.
The Point Richmond History Association is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.  Contributions to the PRHA are deductible under section 170 of the code.



 


 


Point Richmond Wig Wag Restoration Project
 by Dan Furtado

In 2015, I was hired by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Museum of History to fully restore the two upper quadrant wigwags located on Richmond Ave. in the historic Point Richmond District. We ran into a snag with the BNSF Railway and the project got stalled for three years. Those issues have finally been cleared up, and now we can get the wigwags restored so they can operate on special occasions. They will not be used to protect the crossing for trains since new crossing gates were installed back in 2004. But they will remain where they've always been, in the Richmond Ave. median at the BNSF crossing. This is the only case I know of anywhere in the country where the old crossing signals were allowed to be kept in place after being retired in favor of new technology.

Quick history on the wigwags - These were once the most common type of automatic railroad crossing signal used in California from the mid 1920s through the 1940s. After the '40s, wigwags started disappearing rapidly, replaced by flashing light signals and crossing gates.  It's safe to say that the wigwags in Point Richmond were installed sometime between 1925 and 1940 (it was illegal to install new wigwags after the early 40s). Maybe some old photos of Point Richmond during this time period will show up.

You can follow the restoration process in the pages that follow. I will create a new page for each step of the restoration.

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CLICK HERE to go to the PRHA Audio-Visual Page
Go here to see videos of Point Richmond, Nelson-Wolgast Fight in 1910, the moving of our little museum, an old Indian Statue Day Celebration and more.  Hear audios of previous PRHA General Meetings.

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THIS POINT.....in time
Newsletter

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The latest edition is available at the Santa Fe Market and at our little museum.

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Volume  XVIII

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Volume X



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October, 1990
5
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November, 1990
6
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Winter, 1990-91
7
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8
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April, 1991




Volume VIII



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viii-1
May, 1989
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Summer, 1989
3
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4
viii-4
October, 1989
5
viii-5
November, 1989
6
viii-6
Winter, 1989-90
7
viii-7
February, 1990
8
viii-8
March, 1990
9
viii-9
April, 1990




Volume VII



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vii-1
Summer, 1988
2
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September, 1988
3
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October, 1988
4
vii-4
November, 1988
5
vii-5
Winter, 1988-89
6
vii-6
February, 1989
7
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March, 1989
8
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April, 1989




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Volume VI



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vi-1
Summer, 1987
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September, 1987
3
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4
vi-4
November, 1987
5
vi-5
Winter, 1987-88
6
vi-6
March, 1988
7
vi-7
April, 1988
8
vi-8
Late May, 1988



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Volume V



1
v-1
Summer, 1986
2
v-2
September, 1986
3
v-3
October, 1986
4
v-4
November, 1986
5
v-5
Dec/Jan, 1986/87
6
v-6
February, 1987
7
v-7
March, 1987
8
v-8
April, 1987
9
v-9
May, 1987




Volume IV



iv-1
May, 1985
iv-2
September, 1985
iv-3
October, 1985
iv-4
November, 1985
iv-5
December, 1985
iv-6
February, 1986
iv-7
March, 1986
iv-8
April, 1986
iv-9
May, 1986




Volume III



III-1
May, 1984
III-2
September, 1984
III-3
October, 1984
III-4
November, 1984
III-5
December, 1984
III-6
February, 1985
III-7
March, 1985
III-8
April, 1985
III-9
May, 1985




Volume II



II-1
May, 1983
II-2
II-3
October, 1983
II-4
November, 1983
II-5
December, 1983
II-6
February, 1984
II-7
March, 1984
II-8
April, 1984
II-9
May, 1984




Volume I




I-1
May, 1982
I-2
September, 1982
I-3
October, 1982
I-4
November, 1982
I-5
December, 1982
I-6
February, 1983
I-7
March, 1983
I-8
April, 1983
I-9
May, 1983


Point Counterpoint (A Journal for Civic Communication)
(Shown here in date order, scanning is still in progress)

650602
June 2, 1965
(partial)



660409
April 4,1966

660429
April 29, 1966

661111
Nov 11, 1966
661202
Dec 2, 1966






670901
Sept 1, 1967

671222
Dec 22, 1967



670131
Jan 31, 1967

670210
Feb 10, 1967 (part)

670224
Feb 24, 1967 (part)

670309
March 3, 1967

670310
March 9, 1967




















671229
Dec 29, 1967

680223
Feb 23, 1968

680301
March 1, 1968

680315
March 15, 1968

680419
April 19, 1968
680517
May 17, 1968









iii-21
Aug 30, 1968

iii-27
Oct 11, 1968

iii-28
Oct 18, 1968

iii-29
Oct 25, 1968

339
Nov 1, 1968
iii-31
Nov 8, 1968

681115
iii-33
Nov 22, 1968

iii-34
Nov 29, 1968

iii-35
Dec 6, 1968

iii-36
Dec 13, 1968


PCP690103
Jan 3, 1969

PCP690110
Jan 10, 1969
PCP690124
Jan 24, 1969
PCP690207
PCP690214
Feb 14,1969

690221
690307
March 7, 1969

690606
June 6, 1969

690613
June 13, 1969

690620
June 20, 1969

690627
June 27, 1969

690801
Aug 1, 1969


690926
Sept 26, 1969

691010
Oct 10, 1969

691024
Oct 24, 1969

691031
Oct. 31, 1969

691107
Nov 7, 1969

691114
Nov 14, 1969

691121
Nov 21, 1969

691128
Nov 28, 1969
691209
Dec 5, 1969

691212
Dec 12, 1969

691225
Dec 25, 1969

700102
Jan 2, 1970

700109
Jan 9, 1970

700116
Jan 16, 1970

700123
Jan 23, 1970

700209
Feb 9, 1970
700213
Feb 13, 1970

700220
Feb 20, 1970
700227
Feb 27, 1970
700313
March 13, 1970

700320
March 20, 1970
700327
March 27. 1970
700403
April 3, 1970
700410
April 10, 1970
700417
April 17, 1970
700424
April 24, 1970
700501
May 1, 1970
700508
May 8, 1970
700515
May 15, 1970
700522
May 22, 1970
700529
May 29, 1970
700605
June 5, 1970
700612
June 12, 1970
700619
June 19, 1970
700626
June 26, 1970
700703
July 3, 1970
700710
July 10, 1970

700717
July 17, 1970
700724
July 24, 1970

700731
July 31, 1970
700814
August 14, 1970
700821
August 21, 1970
700828
August 28, 1970
700904
Sept 4, 1970 last DR
701023
Oct 23, 1970
701201
Dec 1, 1970



710201
Feb, 1971












740301
March, 1974

740401
April, 1974

740501
May, 1974

740601
June, 1974

740701
July, 1974

740801
August, 1974

740901
Sept, 1974

741001
Oct, 1974

741101
Nov, 1974

741201
Dec, 1974



Jan and Feb 1975
Jan & Feb, 1975

march 1975
March, 1975

April 1975
April 1, 1975

mid April 1975
April 15, 1975

may 1 1975
May 1, 1975

mid may 1975
May 15, 1975

june 1 1975
June 1, 1975

mid june 1975
June 15, 1975

mid july 1975
July 15, 1975

mid august 1975
August 15, 1975



sept 1 1975
September 1, 1975

sept 15 1975
September 15, 1975

october 1 1975
October 1, 1975

october 15 1975
October 15, 1975

November 1975
November 15, 1975

December 1975
December 1, 1975


pcp760101
January 1, 1976

PCP760115
January 15, 1976




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Our most important asset is our photo collection which we are very proud of.

Point Richmond History Association Photo Archives
Thanks to the vision of Mr. Don Church, who took the majority of these pictures, and thanks to the late Mr. Allan P. Smith for seeing to it that Mr. Church's pictures are properly shared and appreciated.
Come by our museum and see our photo collection on a 42" TV screen.

Please note lots of new Winehaven images thanks to Bob Berndt and Muriel Clausen.
Also new quarry pictures from Reno Cairo.
Thank you to the Richmond Museum of History for new images for our archives.

New pictures are being added from Mid Dornan and Sonny Jackson.

I. CITY VIEWS
II. ARCHITECTURE
III. INDUSTRY
IV. TRADES
1. Panoramic
2. Street
3. Water
4. Tunnels
5. Other
1. Business
2. Churches
3: Residences
4. Statues
5. Theaters
6. Schools
1. Standard Oil
2. Railroads
3. Quarries
4. Winehaven
5. Other
1. Barbering
2. Plumbing
3. Shops
4. Cafes and Saloons
5. Other
V. TRANSPORTATION
VI GOVERNMENT
VII. EVENTS
VIII. PORTRAITS
1. Railroads
2. Boats
4. Ferries
6. Airplanes
7. Other
1. City
2. Police and Fire
2. Dedications
3. Parades
4. Sports
5. Other
Groups
2 Individual
3. School Children
4. Organizations
5. Family
6. Sports
7. Other


Photo Collection Index:

Don Church  "DC"
Frank Pearson  "FP"
Semion Burtner  "SB"
Allan Smith "AS"
Mid Dornan "MD"
Bob Berndt "BB"
Richmond Museum of History "RMH"

Complete Photo Archive
(All of our scanned images, these images are not sorted or enhanced)

001-200
201-400
401-600
601-800

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CLICK HERE to go to the PRHA Audio-Visual Page
Go here to see videos of Point Richmond, Nelson-Wolgast Fight in 1910, the moving of our little museum, an old Indian Statue Day Celebration and more.  Hear audios of previous PRHA General Meetings.

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History of Richmond, California
by Henry Colman Cutting
From: The History of Contra Costa County, California
Edited by: F. J. Hulaniski

Written in 1917

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University of California Publication
American Archaeology and Ethnology

Ellis Landing Shellmound Study
by N.C. Nelson,  April 21, 1910

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Contra Costa County Historical Society

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visions cover 1913 phone book cover
phone
                    book
examiner
                    cover
Point Richmond article
cookbook
"Visions and Dreams" Art Portfolio by Joel Beck
(Thanks to Kathe Kiehn)
1913 Contra Costa County Phone Book

(Thanks to Mid Dornan)
1914 Contra Costa County Phone Book
December, 1966
S.F. Examiner on Point Richmond

from Paige & Zirka
November, 1959
S.F. Examiner on Point Richmond

Picnic in the Point Park Cookboook
from Sandra Beyaert and Kate Harps

richmond story 1919
                      Independent


meeting
sanborn map


Richmond 50th Anniversary Celebration Here is an excellent 1916 hi res map of Point Richmond, which among other interesting things, shows the Standard Avenue blocks that were lost to the I580 freeway.


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CLICK HERE to read the Point Richmond 1979 Historic District Study

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CLICK HERE to read the U.S. Department of the Interior's

National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form

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CLICK HERE to read Professor Botts and His Airship
Dr. William Thompson wrote this story about Professor Botts
~~~

CLICK HERE to read an Interesting History of Winehaven
The Largest Winery in the World at the Time

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Did you know that Richmond was once the home of the world's biggest winery?
CLICK HERE to learn more about Winehaven (California Wine Association)


New additions from Mid Dornan's Collection:

0504
PRHA photo archive #0504-Mid Dornan, 1915, Robert Dornan in his Moreland Truck, one of the first trucks in Point Richmond


pr panorama

Point Richmond from Nichol Nob, 1908

A Short History of Point Richmond

PRHA Minutes


In Memory

Robert "Bob" Peckham
1936-2006

Allan P. Smith
1921-2004
Mary J. Rudolph
1922-1999

Dr. William L. Thompson
1909-1998

Mildred "Mid" Dornan
1921-2019


Webmaster and Newsletter Editor
Gary Shows

Email:  Gary@PointRichmondHistory.org
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