Dublin Historical Photos

Fosters Freeze1975–Dublin, California & Fast-Food Folklore

By Steve Minniear | February 23, 2021

Included in the folklore of Dublin is that it was, at least for a while, known as the Fast-Food Capital of America. In another version of the story, Dublin was known for having the highest per capita number of fast-food restaurants in America. Regardless of the facts, Dublin has always loved its restaurants. Now Dublin…

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Peaceful Parade on a Sunny East Bay Day, 1976

By Steve Minniear | February 1, 2021

This time of year we often wish for bluer skies and being outdoors. Part of the appeal may be related to parade season. Dublin loves its parades. Being outside in the sun and watching the community amble by. The kids, sports teams, schools, social clubs, religious groups, nonprofits, businesses and every other type of organization…

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The Memorable Californian Winter of 1976, When it Snowed in Dublin

By Steve Minniear | January 1, 2021

Winters are seldom that memorable in California, but, remember that time it in snowed in Dublin? Teachers let kids out of class to play in the snow outside Frederiksen Elementary School. Kids tried to catch snowflakes on their tongues. Snowball fights and snow sculptures took place everywhere there was a little buildup. But, oddly enough,…

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Dublin Rollarena 1974–Fond Childhood Memories

By Steve Minniear | December 1, 2020

Businesses come and go, but fond childhood memories remain.  The loud music, strobing lights and the occasional bumps and bruises became the stuff of many kid’s stories. The Rollarena took over the former Safeway store at the San Ramon Village shopping center.  It was the first local shopping center and was built in the early…

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San Ramon Auto Movie 1967–The Place To Go for Years

By Steve Minniear | November 1, 2020

With social distancing affecting our ability to see movies, maybe it’s time to remember Dublin in 1967. The San Ramon Auto Movie, at the Interstate 580/680 intersection, was the place to go for years. It later grew to have two screens and lasted into the 1980s. What did you see there? Don’t you wish there…

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Old Highway 21 in Dublin

By Steve Minniear | September 11, 2016

Back in the day, Highway 21 took you from Dublin north or south. Now we call it San Ramon Road (to the north) or Foothill Blvd. (to the south). Dublin and San Ramon Village (a residential and commercial development on the right) in 1961.

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The Antone School

By Steve Minniear | August 5, 2016

The Antone School opened in in 1912 to serve the families in and around Tassajara Road near the Alameda/Contra Costa county border. Its one room school house probably taught about a dozen students in all grades at any one time. It closed in 1944.

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