Friday, April 21, 2017

1 South: Pacifica, Pacifica Coastside Museum in Little Brown Church


Pacifica Coastside Museum  In Little Brown Church, 1850 Francisco Blvd./Salada Ave.  Tu, Thur, Sat 1-4pm.  Free.  Rummage sale:  2nd week of month; F 9am-4pm, Sat 1-4pm; free.  Constructed in 1910 as a community church, this sweet little structure is the second oldest building in town (the Sanchez Adobe is the oldest).  

Little Brown Church in Pacifica, California
Little Brown Church in Pacifica, California

It later housed the Pacifica Police Department, then was converted into a small museum.  Off the entry area you can peruse a tiny gift shop (do pick up a brick of the locally-made Pacifica Jack cheese that is made especially for the museum and which they sell here).  

gift shop in Little Brown Church in Pacifica, California
gift shop in Little Brown Church in Pacifica, California

On display just outside the shop is a 1/10-size replica tribute to the 80-foot-tall Pacifica Statue displayed at the Pan-Pacific Exhibition in 1915.  

Pacifica Statue in Little Brown Church in Pacifica, California
Pacifica Statue in Little Brown Church in Pacifica, California

In the small museum that is up some stairs in the back, I learned that Jack London went to kindergarten in Pacifica, and I saw delightful vintage photos--one depicted an open car of The Ocean Shore Railroad as it traveled along Devil’s Slide.  My favorite story is about the parachuting Santa who in 1964 was blown off course across Sweeney Ridge into the surf and was fished out and saved by some savvy surfers.  A video room shows a collection of historical film.  The monthly rummage sale is an especially good time to visit.  

Kathleen Manning explains display in Pacifica Coastside Museum in Pacifica, California
Kathleen Manning explains display in Pacifica Coastside Museum in Pacifica, California

Paul Slavin explains display in Pacifica Coastside Museum in Pacifica, Californiadisplay in Pacifica Coastside Museum in Pacifica, California
Paul Slavin explains display in Pacifica Coastside Museum in Pacifica, Californiadisplay in Pacifica Coastside Museum in Pacifica, California

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images c2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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