The Pacifica Coastside Museum has been closed for over seven months, but some Pacifica Historical Society members have figured out a way to share history with the public while still staying safe.
At 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, armed with clues that were intended to lead them to historical destinations, 18 cars left the parking lot next to the museum on a mission. They were trying to find such places as “the first fast-food restaurant” (Tic-Toc Drive-In on Francisco Boulevard in Sharp Park where El Toro Loco is now), or “the first car dealership in Pacifica” (Ed Cordero in Pacific Manor, now 24-hour Fitness), or “the last stop on Ocean Shore Railroad in Pacifica” (Tobin Station, now a private residence at the end of Danmann Avenue on Pedro Point).
Six of the teams ended up finding all 10 sites described by the clues, while several others came back to the museum to collect additional pages that described the historical targets. Many of the contestants said they had a good time and learned a lot about their city.
The Pacifica Historical Society is planning another fundraiser for Nov. 27 and 28. It is inviting the public to “Deck the Halls” by purchasing Christmas things that have accumulated in storage over the past year. Masks are required and safety protocols include hand sanitizing, social distancing and only letting small numbers of people inside at one time.
The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day with a half-price sale during the last two hours.