Foley & Burk Shows flatcars on tracks at east of Sebastopol, Mar. 1972
Skinner, Hal, 1925-2004
Geoffrey Skinner stands on a Foley & Burk Shows flatcar parked on a siding of the Northwestern Pacific tracks east of Sebastopol at the former location of the Gravenstein whistle-stop station.
Biographical or Historical Note
Mary Lou Hilligoss (d. 2001) and Lloyd Hilligoss worked as a team to build and operate one of the largest carnival companies in the United States, Foley & Burk Shows out of Redwood City. Foley & Burk Shows supplied the carnival rides for the Sonoma County Fair and many other fairs throughout California. The Hilligosses moved to Sebastopol in 1985 and later retired to Santa Rosa.
Date Created or Published
Item Type (Original)
Item Physical Format or Genre
Number of Parts or Pages
1 photographic print
Other Physical Details
Item Physical Dimensions
20 x 26 centimeters
Sonoma Heritage Collections Theme
Sports and Recreation
Hilligoss, Mary Lou, 1927-2001; Hilligoss, Lloyd
Subject (Corporate Body)
Foley & Burk Shows; Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad
Subject (Time Period)
1971 - 1980
State or Province
City or Town
Joe Rodota Trail
Joe Rodota Trail, Sebastopol, California
Map Zoom Level
Hal Skinner (1925-2004) moved to Sonoma County from Indiana in 1965 to serve as the first director of the Audio-Visual Department (later Instructional Resources Department) at Sonoma State College (later University). He later taught in the School of Education until retiring in 1988. He took up artist blacksmithing in retirement and was a featured exhibitor at the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol and Sturgeon's Sawmill in Occidental until his death at age 79.
Source of Title
Title supplied by cataloger.
Reproduction Details (Physical Items)
Printed from digital photograph (JPEG) by The LAB, 400 Tesconi Circle, Santa Rosa, California.
Original Collection Name
Skinner family photograph collection; 197203A12A
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