It is no secret around here that I love retro signs, but when you run into one that has a little bit of family history, its special (at least to me!). A couple of weekends ago my youngest aunt turned 60 and my parents and all my mother’s siblings came into town to celebrate. The venue for the surprise party was the bar photographed above called Club Tac in Crockett (California).
And while I was there for my Mom’s side of the family, it actually has a little bit of history with my Dad’s. I mentioned before that my grandfather was an ironworker who worked on the Golden Gate Bridge. He worked on most of the bridges in the San Francisco Bay Area including the Carquinez Bridge which passes over Crockett. I visited my grandmother the afternoon before the surprise party and when I told her we were heading to Club Tac she said my grandpa used to hang out there!
In 1957 he began working on the Carquinez Bridge which he would continue to do for three years, the swing shift to be exact. He didn’t just work on it, but under it, 135 feet underwater. When the shift was over the crew used to head over to Club Tac for a drink, my grandma said coffee, but with the conditions the way they were, I am thinking it was something a little stronger!
How about you? Does your family history fascinate you? Ever been surprised to find out something was tied to your own family history?