Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Hollister Mural

Really? You haven't seen this mural in person?

What are you waiting for? If you want an idea of what downtown Hollister was like during the 1950s and 1960s, go check out this beautiful mural. You'll find it in the small public parking lot on Fifth Street, between the Vault and the Granada Theater.  The mural was painted by Ernie Valles, a local artist.

Here's a closer look of part of the mural. Click the photo for a larger image.

How many of you figured out what is now standing where the Hartmann Hotel (later the Dabo Hotel) was?
The hotel once stood at the northeast corner of 6th and San Benito Streets. It was torn down after being damaged by a 5.6 earthquake in 1961.

Standing on that corner today is the Wells Fargo Bank. The previous occupant was the Wachovia Bank. Before that, the World Savings Bank occupied the building. And, according to Marie at the "Take 25" Facebook page, the Monterey Savings Bank was there before that bank.


  1. That would be Enesto Pedro Vallez, Chicano Artiste - My dad used to tend bar at the lounge in the old Dabo Hotel. And that's Shoppers' Corner Super Market right behind the hotel. I remember the wooden floors spread with sawdust and cigarette butts.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.
    Hollister is a very interesting place. I love to read the history of towns in America!!

  3. Charlie, I remember being 6 or 7 and shopping with my dad there. Almost every time we were at the checkout stand, the man behind it would ask if I was my dad's wife. That always confused me. LOL

    Hi, Judie, thanks for dropping by Take 25 as well. I'm a sucker for any town history, too. The history of place is so fascinating.


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