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Rosie the Riveter Museum and Mountain Hardware Store

In April we attended the Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show in Richmond, Ca USA,,,,and found a few unexpected surprises that were awesome.

Right beside the historic former Ford Manufacturing Plant where the Pacific Sailboat and Power Boat Show was being held is the Rosie the Riveter museum, shown in the picture above.  Before lunch, we took a look inside the museum and were pretty surprised how informative and modern it was, but clearly able to tell the story.  In the dark days of WWII, most fighting age men from the United States were involved in the war effort; leaving heavy shipyards, manufacturing plants and other places without labor.  Into the void stepped not only women (hence Rosie the Riveter moniker), but also minorities who had not been allowed to work in these industries in the past.  This museum tells that story, very well.  The museum’s docents and special guests were women who WERE “Rosie the Riveter”, but they were at lunch while we were there.  Take a look at my photos below, it was an impressive museum telling the story of heavy manufacturing in Port Richmond, CA, using women and minorities to build both liberty ships and warships to support the WWII effort.

And here’s what Rosie the Riveter built, an existing version from the early 1940’s, the SS Red Oak Victory.

Take a look at the massive ship above, the SS Red Oak Victory.  Rosie the Riveter and hundreds of other hard-working women and minorities built this ship in the 1940’s for the war effort,,,and she survived.  What a sight to see at sunset in Richmond.  More about that next post.

We were also lucky enough to also discover the Mountain Hardware employee store in the historic Ford Building in Richmond,,,,,and I LOVE Mountain Hardware stuff.  After leaving my first real job after college due to a patent dispute, I worked at an outdoor store in Houston, Texas selling the Mountain Hardware branded equipment and other outdoor stuff,,,,and loved every minute of it.  I was pretty good at selling the stuff, cause I had used it and continue to use it to this day,,,,love the brand.  Well, we were able to get into the Mountain Hardware store and find some things we wanted,,,,without spending too much money.   I had to commit to NOT coming back to the store the next day we were at the boat show,,,,cause we would have spent lots more money.

Loved visiting family, the boat show, the museum and the store this first day,,,,but it wasn’t over yet.  After exiting the Mountain Hardware store, I was determined to go see the SS Red Oak Victory,,,,,but we got more than we bargained for when we found it,,,,and a pier side winery.  Keep following us for that story this weekend.

via Daily Prompt: Commit

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