I have absolutely no idea this time why I went here. Again, a postcard, a matchbook; something send me to Thinwoodbargaintown , as it was probably named once. Wikipedia:

Coloma was first known as Shingle Diggins because of the wood shingles that were manufactured in the area. The community was renamed Dickerville because people in the town had to barter and dicker for items after the timber supply was exhausted.

I don't but that for a moment. Maybe. Seems too pat. "The name Coloma was later suggested by Stephen R. Gilson, after a town in California he had visited during the Gold Rush era." Where that name came from, I can't say.

The town has about 1500 people now, but many of these buidings came from an era where it had less than half as many people.



Aside from the windows, looks original enough. But it also looks as if a giant stuck his finger into the ground floor, and the top floor popped out.

Don't think the awning was original. The rest is too modern. Stone wall and rigorous faux international-style windows: this always freshened up a downtown.



It helped if they did the whole building, though.


Looks like a mask. No one's fooled.

I don't think the building on the left looked much different when it was built, long ago. The one on the right wears a jaunty low-brim cap, turned to the side.



The tree's in front of the wrong one.

Ah! Finally, a theater. The Loma.



Quite the history. From Cinema Treasures:

Opened in 1935, a conversion of a garage, the Loma Theatre was destroyed by a fire on April 25, 1943. A new Loma Theatre was built on the site, designed by architect Homer Harper, which opened June 15, 1944. It closed in 1959 and was used as a furniture store.

But it reopened in 1964. It has three screens now.

Wonder if there was ever anyting in that alley.



This page says the theater was bombed in 1943, but the local paper says it might have been a firebug: the city had four bad fires downtown in a short period of time.

William Grant miht have winced at the lower floor's renovation, but he'd be happy to see his name had been preserved.



That trash can will make sure no tree ever gets an idea about growing there.




I don't know why they didn't bother to knock off the cornice. They'd done everything else to ruin the old man.

That's it - some times there's just eight or nine places of note. Can you find more? Here:




Give my regards to Coloma.