Pittsburg Historical Museum - Pittsburg, California

Pittsburg Historical Museum - Pittsburg, California Mission: To collect, educate, provide bases for research, invite public participation, represent the community, promote civic pride by preserving the past.
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Museum Location:

515 Railroad Ave. Pittsburg, Ca. 94565

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1816
Pittsburg, Ca. 94565

Phone Number:

(925) 439-7501

Operating as usual

“Mexican Dishes” at 50 E. 2nd St.  Photo donated by Rice Photographers.
05/03/2021

“Mexican Dishes” at 50 E. 2nd St. Photo donated by Rice Photographers.

“Mexican Dishes” at 50 E. 2nd St. Photo donated by Rice Photographers.

FOR RENT:  Restaurant space at 219 Black Diamond St.  Photo donated by Rice Photographer’s.
04/29/2021

FOR RENT: Restaurant space at 219 Black Diamond St. Photo donated by Rice Photographer’s.

FOR RENT: Restaurant space at 219 Black Diamond St. Photo donated by Rice Photographer’s.

For Sale:  43&45 W. 3rd St.  Photo donated by Rice Photographers.
04/29/2021

For Sale: 43&45 W. 3rd St. Photo donated by Rice Photographers.

For Sale: 43&45 W. 3rd St. Photo donated by Rice Photographers.

Ferrante’s Market on 7th and Cutter serving the West Side community from 1929-1974.  Founded by Orazio and Frances Ferra...
04/28/2021

Ferrante’s Market on 7th and Cutter serving the West Side community from 1929-1974. Founded by Orazio and Frances Ferrante. Son Joe “The Grocer” helped to run the grocery side and Horace “The Butcher” ran the meat market side. Photo provided by Joe Ferrante.

Early 1920’s corner of Railroad Ave. and E. 3rd St. at the present New Mecca Cafe/Marinetti Bldg.  Looking south.
04/25/2021

Early 1920’s corner of Railroad Ave. and E. 3rd St. at the present New Mecca Cafe/Marinetti Bldg. Looking south.

Early 1920’s corner of Railroad Ave. and E. 3rd St. at the present New Mecca Cafe/Marinetti Bldg. Looking south.

The 1939 Columbus Day Festival inclusive of soap box derby entrants.
04/24/2021

The 1939 Columbus Day Festival inclusive of soap box derby entrants.

The 1939 Columbus Day Festival inclusive of soap box derby entrants.

The Camp Stoneman Chapel which is presently located on E. Leland Dr. across from Ace Hardware.
04/24/2021

The Camp Stoneman Chapel which is presently located on E. Leland Dr. across from Ace Hardware.

The Camp Stoneman Chapel which is presently located on E. Leland Dr. across from Ace Hardware.

1961 Nino Buffo gives Frankie Watson a haircut at Buffo’s Barbershop on the west side, likely Black Diamond St.  Note th...
04/22/2021

1961 Nino Buffo gives Frankie Watson a haircut at Buffo’s Barbershop on the west side, likely Black Diamond St. Note the white Gatto’s Furniture truck parked across the street. Photo provided by John Enea.

1961 Nino Buffo gives Frankie Watson a haircut at Buffo’s Barbershop on the west side, likely Black Diamond St. Note the white Gatto’s Furniture truck parked across the street. Photo provided by John Enea.

Great 1920’s street scene looking at the old Head Light Overalls, Hart’s Army Supply, Palace Theatre and Candy & Ice Cre...
04/20/2021

Great 1920’s street scene looking at the old Head Light Overalls, Hart’s Army Supply, Palace Theatre and Candy & Ice Cream located on Black Diamond St.

Back In The Day: 1930’s corner of E. 6th St. at Railroad Ave. looking south towards the foothills.  Rouner’s Insurance, ...
04/20/2021

Back In The Day: 1930’s corner of E. 6th St. at Railroad Ave. looking south towards the foothills. Rouner’s Insurance, GE Appliances, JE Bankson Real Estate and W&W Garage. This is the corner where present day Coats Barber shop and Lumpy’s Diner next door are located.

Back In The Day: 1930’s corner of E. 6th St. at Railroad Ave. looking south towards the foothills. Rouner’s Insurance, GE Appliances, JE Bankson Real Estate and W&W Garage. This is the corner where present day Coats Barber shop and Lumpy’s Diner next door are located.

Beautiful photos of Carlo’s Pizzeria and surrounding buildings on the 200 Block of Railroad Ave.
04/20/2021

Beautiful photos of Carlo’s Pizzeria and surrounding buildings on the 200 Block of Railroad Ave.

Harold McGlashon stocking shelves of Service Hardware on W 5th St. in the 1950’s with nails from Columbia Steel.
04/17/2021

Harold McGlashon stocking shelves of Service Hardware on W 5th St. in the 1950’s with nails from Columbia Steel.

Harold McGlashon stocking shelves of Service Hardware on W 5th St. in the 1950’s with nails from Columbia Steel.

Mike Crespo, owner and Isabel Mendoza Estrada.  First Spanish speaking barber in Pittsburg.
04/17/2021

Mike Crespo, owner and Isabel Mendoza Estrada. First Spanish speaking barber in Pittsburg.

Mike Crespo, owner and Isabel Mendoza Estrada. First Spanish speaking barber in Pittsburg.

1947 Boy Scout Troop #15.  Who do you know in this photo?
04/17/2021

1947 Boy Scout Troop #15. Who do you know in this photo?

1947 Boy Scout Troop #15. Who do you know in this photo?

Railroad Ave. and E. 8th St.  The Oakland, Antioch and Eastern electric train and station on the left and the old City H...
04/15/2021

Railroad Ave. and E. 8th St. The Oakland, Antioch and Eastern electric train and station on the left and the old City Hall (present post office location) on the right. Note the dirt lot which up until the 1880’s served as the right of way for the Nortonville coal mine railroad.

Railroad Ave. and E. 8th St. The Oakland, Antioch and Eastern electric train and station on the left and the old City Hall (present post office location) on the right. Note the dirt lot which up until the 1880’s served as the right of way for the Nortonville coal mine railroad.

The “Automotive Drive-In” is closed for the winter.
04/15/2021

The “Automotive Drive-In” is closed for the winter.

The “Automotive Drive-In” is closed for the winter.

The menu for the Pirate Drive-In located at 820 Railroad Ave.  Enjoy.
04/15/2021

The menu for the Pirate Drive-In located at 820 Railroad Ave. Enjoy.

Pittsburg’s Fine $225,000 High School, Dedicated in 1928.  What a beauty.
04/09/2021

Pittsburg’s Fine $225,000 High School, Dedicated in 1928. What a beauty.

Pittsburg’s Fine $225,000 High School, Dedicated in 1928. What a beauty.

1930 Pittsburg Security and Investment Co. building or known as the Eagles building located on Cumberland St. at the end...
04/09/2021

1930 Pittsburg Security and Investment Co. building or known as the Eagles building located on Cumberland St. at the end of W. 7th. You may know it today as Pinedas Sports Bar on the left side and the Steelworkers Union Hall on the right.

1930 Pittsburg Security and Investment Co. building or known as the Eagles building located on Cumberland St. at the end of W. 7th. You may know it today as Pinedas Sports Bar on the left side and the Steelworkers Union Hall on the right.

About 1911 Black Diamond Grammar School located around West 5th St.
04/07/2021

About 1911 Black Diamond Grammar School located around West 5th St.

About 1911 Black Diamond Grammar School located around West 5th St.

The Pirate Drive In is busy...
04/07/2021

The Pirate Drive In is busy...

The Pirate Drive In is busy...

Looking south from California Ave.  Residential housing in the foreground, Camp Stoneman barracks and building in the mi...
04/03/2021

Looking south from California Ave. Residential housing in the foreground, Camp Stoneman barracks and building in the middle and then of course the recognizable Mt. Diablo and surrounding foothills in the background.

Looking south from California Ave. Residential housing in the foreground, Camp Stoneman barracks and building in the middle and then of course the recognizable Mt. Diablo and surrounding foothills in the background.

Fine New Pittsburg Jr. High School.  Erected in 1930 at a cost of $175,000.  There are 16 teachers and an attendance of ...
04/03/2021

Fine New Pittsburg Jr. High School. Erected in 1930 at a cost of $175,000. There are 16 teachers and an attendance of 477.

Fine New Pittsburg Jr. High School. Erected in 1930 at a cost of $175,000. There are 16 teachers and an attendance of 477.

Columbia Steel Mill under construction ca 1910.
04/03/2021

Columbia Steel Mill under construction ca 1910.

Columbia Steel Mill under construction ca 1910.

April 1947, “Let’s Play Ball”
04/03/2021

April 1947, “Let’s Play Ball”

April 1947, “Let’s Play Ball”

The Hayward iron horse of the Black Diamond Coal Co.
04/03/2021

The Hayward iron horse of the Black Diamond Coal Co.

The Hayward iron horse of the Black Diamond Coal Co.

From the 1975 Post Dispatch
04/03/2021

From the 1975 Post Dispatch

From the 1975 Post Dispatch

The El Rey Motel ca 1950’s.
04/03/2021

The El Rey Motel ca 1950’s.

The El Rey Motel ca 1950’s.

We have PIRATE YEARBOOKS FOR SALE $20 Each.  Years: 1982, ‘83 (Voted “PHS Best Class of All Time”), ‘94, ‘95, ‘99, 2000,...
03/27/2021

We have PIRATE YEARBOOKS FOR SALE $20 Each. Years: 1982, ‘83 (Voted “PHS Best Class of All Time”), ‘94, ‘95, ‘99, 2000, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, ‘08, ‘11 & ‘12. Get ‘em while they last.

We have PIRATE YEARBOOKS FOR SALE $20 Each. Years: 1982, ‘83 (Voted “PHS Best Class of All Time”), ‘94, ‘95, ‘99, 2000, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, ‘08, ‘11 & ‘12. Get ‘em while they last.

The museum is now open Saturdays from 11-3pm and Wednesday’s from 1-4pm.
03/27/2021

The museum is now open Saturdays from 11-3pm and Wednesday’s from 1-4pm.

The museum is now open Saturdays from 11-3pm and Wednesday’s from 1-4pm.

About 1946 Enean Theatre NOW PLAYING “Anna and the King of Siam”.  Note the soldier standing below the La Hacienda Resta...
03/12/2021

About 1946 Enean Theatre NOW PLAYING “Anna and the King of Siam”. Note the soldier standing below the La Hacienda Restaurant sign.

Pittsburg Parks Reopening, Phase 1.
03/12/2021

Pittsburg Parks Reopening, Phase 1.

Pittsburg Parks Reopening, Phase 1.

One of the better views of Hotel Los Medanos in the early days.  Located at the corner of East 10th St. and Cumberland S...
03/11/2021

One of the better views of Hotel Los Medanos in the early days. Located at the corner of East 10th St. and Cumberland St. Opened from 1917-1981.

One of the better views of Hotel Los Medanos in the early days. Located at the corner of East 10th St. and Cumberland St. Opened from 1917-1981.

On behalf of the Historical Society we would like to thank Mt. Diablo Resource and Recovery for generously donating a du...
03/08/2021

On behalf of the Historical Society we would like to thank Mt. Diablo Resource and Recovery for generously donating a dumpster for the museum’s long overdue spring cleanup. Not to worry, all of our exhibits are still intact. 😉

From the Alvin Linn collection: the old Dave Gatto family owned building at Black Diamond and Front St.  Last use as Mex...
03/02/2021

From the Alvin Linn collection: the old Dave Gatto family owned building at Black Diamond and Front St. Last use as Mexican Grocery, JC Mendez proprietor.

From the Alvin Linn collection: the old Dave Gatto family owned building at Black Diamond and Front St. Last use as Mexican Grocery, JC Mendez proprietor.

Address

515 Railroad Ave
Pittsburg, CA
94565

General information

We are open 11-3 on Saturday and 1-4 on Wednesday

Opening Hours

Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(925) 439-7501

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