Thursday, June 25, 2009

About Pam... part II

Oh yah, here's the Ticky Tacky Tavern. Or the Plywood Palace, depending upon which side of the road you live.

I lived in Moquah when the tavern burned down in the 80's. Of course, the owner still had his liquor permit, so he rebuilt with whatever scraps he could find.

It wasn't insulated, so you had to keep your coat on in the winter, but in the summer it featured 100% natural air conditioning. Or at least 100% natural air. There was no glass or plastic over the windows.

At some point, he bought some red vinyl booths and they sat outside under a tarp for a couple of years before he installed them. I think leaning them outside was a good idea, because by the time he finally got around to installing them, they were as weathered as the building, and they matched the rest of the decor.

The Plywood Palace is one of two bars in teen tiny unincorporated Moquah. The other bar is called Nep's, and I remember going in there as a kid. John (my step dad) would walk behind the bar and get us two glass bottles of pop from the fridge and two candy bars, then we'd sit at the bar, enjoy our treats, and hang out. But that's another story.

Thank you to Moeview is Aaron Molina for permission to use this photo. Aaron, I love your work. Dear readers, please check out Aaron's photos.
Especially this one. Wow.

1 comment:

  1. That is so funny, in Nebraska it's about the same, but we have more Lutherans. My favorite bar is the "HarBar" in Harbine it started out as a hog shed!