Friday, July 25, 2014

11th of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: Northwest Corner Anderson and Russell Circa ‘60 (166)

Eleventh of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”
1. Northwest Corner Anderson & Russell Circa '60
My surmise about snapshot 11, reproduced here labeled “1,” is that Mr. Brinley is standing near the middle of Anderson Road looking west toward the road we see in the far distance that is today called California State Route 113.

Russell Boulevard is to his left, just out of our view in this photo, although we can glimpse the northern tree line along it (cf. the Russell tree line also seen in Graphic 4).

Mr. Brinley either liked to take random snaps of open fields that featured billboards for his real estate ventures or he knew that something was to be built on this site and he wanted to make a “before” picture to match an “after” picture he planned to take.
2. Circa '60, Circa '70 & 2014

I think that the photo we will see in the next post--snapshot 12--definitely points to the latter rather than to the former possibility.

While not critical to the focus of this post, the content of the billboard itself merits mention (graphic 3). First, it tells us that there is a West 8th Street, which is a recent construction. Second, we are told that one can proceed north and turn left on West 8th Street in order to get to an under-construction subdivision called University Farms.

A City of Davis map indicating subdivisions (graphic 5) shows  us that there is, indeed, a University Farms and that it is west on West 8th as one proceeds north on Anderson.

3. Center Detail

4. Excerpt from Eastman B-8044, 1953