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SH Historical Society transforms park into former nightclub

October 1st, 2010 · No Comments · History

By Neena Strichart
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Discovery Well Park seemed to be the perfect location for last Saturday’s pancake breakfast at the “Foothill Club.” Hosted by the Signal Hill Historical Society, the event featured a variety of presentations and displays about the city’s rich history, including a collection of photographs and artifacts about Signal Hill’s most notable figures from the past as well as detailed information about the oil industry.
Society members and other volunteers dressed up and played the roles of such characters as: the real Foothill Club’s owner Bonnie Price; Signal Hill’s Jessie Nelson, one of the first female mayors in California; aviation pioneer Earl Daugherty; and the
infamous boxer and local business owner Tod “Kid Mexico” Faulkner.

Ken Britton of the Signal Hill Historical Society staffed the sales booth at the event, offering copies of local historical photos for purchase.

Ken Britton of the Signal Hill Historical Society staffed the sales booth at the event, offering copies of local historical photos for purchase.

Signal Hill’s Community Services Director Pilar Alcivar-McCoy portrayed Signal Hill’s first mayor, Jessie Nelson, at the event.

Signal Hill’s Community Services Director Pilar Alcivar-McCoy portrayed Signal Hill’s first mayor, Jessie Nelson, at the event.

Decked out in a flight helmet and scarf, Society member Bob Long took on the role of pilot Earl Daugherty.

Decked out in a flight helmet and scarf, Society member Bob Long took on the role of pilot Earl Daugherty.

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