Behind the finely restored Commercial Row of shops and restaurants in Old Town Truckee lies Jibboom Street notorious in the late 1800s for bootlegged alcohol and brothels. The town attracted gamblers, prostitutes, pimps, and gangsters, many of whom ended up in the town’s jail at the far end of the street, known as Main Street back in the day. While the seedy element of Jibboom Street has since vanished, the street still has a time-worn, off-beat character, my kind of street to find interesting doors.
On my walk down Jibboom Street, I discovered mostly simple, plain looking doors. What made the doors interesting was the texture, color, and patina of the structures that surrounded them.
The Old Jail Museum – if walls could talk, the stories certainly wouldn’t be rated G: General Audiences.
This crusty old house is in need of a little love. A rather short front door, wouldn’t you agree?
No horses were in sight, just a shiny black motorcycle parked next to a pair of corrugated metal doors.
The Coffeeshop – a blend of industrial corrugated metal siding and old California western charm.
Once home to Truckee’s most famous Madam, the colorful Pour House is a locally owned wine store and tasting bar.
The Stone Garage, a former carriage house and blacksmith shop, sits at the corner of Jibboom and Bridge Streets. At the back of the stone building I noticed a shiny silver trailer with a sticker that says, “Keep Truckee Stoned.” That saying seems fitting for a street where the local crowd from bygone days got drunk on bootlegged liquor.
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