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Piedmont's Castle

The Piedmont Recreation Department's Walking on Wednesdays walking group decided to

celebrate the 6-month anniversary of its walks - which began on April 18 - by going to a Piedmont

saloon, or at least the site of a former saloon.

Fifteen walkers and two K-9 friends learned the history of this saloon from Gail Lombardi's "Piedmont History" article in the October 10th issue of the Piedmont Post. They headed to

the corner of Grand and Linda Avenues where a restaurant named "A MonChateau (My-

Castle) was built in 1882. It also had a beer garden on the Linda Avenue side of the restaurant

where the Wednesday Walkers posed for a group photo outside the office building at 1375 Lin-

da Avenue that now occupies the site.

The walkers were sorry that the saloon is now closed, and they were unable to partake in


The group was pleased to welcome new walkers Peggy Stock and Sara Engel.

The walkers have an informal objective of eventually walking every Piedmont Street. Last week

they visited some new streets on the walk that went down Magnolia to Jerome, Keefer Ct. Fairview, and Grand and Linda Avenues, and then back to their Exedra starting point via Grand,

Wildwood and Magnolia Avenues.

On the way to the "saloon," the walkers took a side excursion onto Keefer Court to see a lovely home with an usual, beautiful cactus garden.

On the return to the Exedra the walkers stopped at the small, beautiful redwood grove pock-

et park at Wildwood and Nova Avenues. They also discovered Larmer Court off of Magnolia Avenue. The walkers noted that everyone has driven past Larmer Court hundreds of times, but never noticed it, let along walked this charming short street, and that walking does have its advantages over driving. It is known in some circles as Hidden Court.

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